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Financial Aid Assists Students to Reach Educational Goals

Posted: January 5, 2012 — Rebecca Cozzocrea

A part of our College’s Strategic Plan is to prepare students to learn, live, and lead in a diverse and dynamic global culture. Obtaining a college degree is essential, knowing how to pay for that degree is critical. The cost of an education increases annually; and, during these economic times the need for students and parents to apply for financial aid is more important than ever. FM can assist students and parents to not only reach their goal of a college education but can also help in making that education affordable.

Each year students and parents must file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA, in order to be considered for any federal grants (monies that you do not have to repay), loans (monies you do have to repay), and work study jobs (monies that must be earned). After the FAFSA is filed, New York State residents who are planning on attending any New York State school must then file their New York State Tuition Assistance Program, or TAP, application. Once you have completed those two very important applications, students should concentrate on scholarship applications. These can be obtained through the colleges they are applying to, through their local high school guidance offices, as well as from some community organizations.

Two wonderful opportunities students and parents can take advantage of to receive help with the financial aid process are College Goal Sunday and SUNY Financial Aid Day. College Goal Sunday is a grant funded program that offers free assistance by Financial Aid Professionals at Fort Plain High School on Saturday (yes it is a Saturday!), January 28, 2012. This day is set aside to assist students and parents with filing the FAFSA and the TAP applications electronically. If you would like to register to attend this event please visit www.collegegoalsundayny.com.

The next opportunity to receive free assistance with the FAFSA and TAP applications is SUNY Financial Aid Day. SUNY Financial Aid Day is held right on our FM campus where you can receive assistance from our FM financial aid professionals. SUNY Financial Aid Day is scheduled for Saturday, February 11, 2012. Students and parents are welcome to attend this free event and can register by visiting www.suny.edu/studentevents.

If you or your student has questions regarding the application process or if you have other questions, please contact me directly at (518) 736-FMCC (3622) or by e-mail at rswart@fmcc.suny.edu.

Rebecca Cozzocrea is the Coordinator of Financial Aid at FM.

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