FAFSA Workshop at USF on Monday, Oct. 30

October 24, 2017 | Joliet, Ill.

The University of St. Francis will host a free FAFSA Workshop on Monday, Oct. 30 from 3-6 p.m. in St. Albert Hall at the Joliet campus. The workshop is open to anyone from the community who needs to renew or fill out the FAFSA for the 2018-19 school year.

The University of St. Francis (USF) will host a FAFSA Filing Workshop on Monday, Oct. 30 from 3-6 p.m. in St. Albert Hall, 500 Wilcox St., Joliet.

This workshop is open to anyone from the community who is completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, commonly referred to as FAFSA, for the first time or renewing their application for the 2018-19 school year.

The FAFSA is a form that is prepared annually by current and prospective college students and their parents or guardians to determine their eligibility for student financial aid.

The workshop is intended to help students and families fill out the form correctly and answer any questions that arise while doing so.

“Financial Aid counselors will be on hand to help answer questions so families can confidently complete this application,” says USF Director of Financial Aid, Bruce Foote.

While completing the FAFSA application is not required for students attending college, it is highly recommended.

“Completing the FAFSA will give students the opportunity to maximize their financial aid package and make a better informed decision about which institution to attend based on affordability,” explains Foote. “Approximately 100% of students who enroll at USF have completed the FAFSA,” he says.

Completing the FAFSA also gives students access to grants, loans and other need-based programs available at the federal, state and individual college level. Without the information from the FAFSA, students could miss out on grant and loan opportunities they qualify for which will likely impact their ability to attend college.

It is equally important to complete this application by the Nov. 15 priority filing date, explains Foote. “Many assistance programs have a limited amount of funding available which makes them available on a first come, first serve basis.” The best way to avoid this is to apply by Wednesday, Nov. 15.

Families who wish to attend the upcoming FAFSA workshop at USF should bring all 2016 tax return information, W2 forms and Federal Student Aid (FSA) student/parent ID number. No RSVP is required. With questions, contact USF’s Financial Aid Services Office at 815-740-3403 or finaid@stfrancis.edu.

The University of St. Francis, in Joliet, Ill., serves 3,900 students nationwide, offering undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs in the arts and sciences, business, education, nursing and social work. There are over 48,000 USF alumni across the globe. For information, call 800-735-7500 or visit stfrancis.edu. University of St. Francis: Bigger thinking. Brighter purpose.