FEBRUARY 8, 2008
The Pitt-Greenburg Offices of Financial Aid and Admissions will be sponsoring a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) workshop on Saturday, February 23, for families who would like help filling out this important financial aid form. Three sections will be offered in McKenna Hall at 9 a.m., 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. and will last an hour. Families need to bring the following materials:
-- Parent and student Social Security numbers
-- Student’s drivers license number
2007 Federal tax return*
-- Parent and student FAFSA pin numbers (these can be obtained at www.fafsa.ed.gov)
-- Value of all cash, savings and checking accounts
-- Value of any owned businesses and/or farms
* We will not complete tax returns in this workshop
To register for a section or for more information families should call the Office of Admissions at 724-836-9880 by Wednesday, February 20. Due to limited seating we ask that only two people attend per family.
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Before your son or daughter submits a scholarship application, follow these ten tips provided by scholarship sponsors nationwide:
#1 Apply only if you are eligible.
Read all the scholarship requirements and directions carefully to make sure you’re eligible before you send your application.
#2 Complete the application in full.
If a question doesn’t apply, note that on the application. Don’t just leave a blank. Supply all additional supporting material, such as transcripts, letters of recommendation and essays.
#3 Follow directions.
Provide everything that’s required, but don’t supply things that aren’t requested – you could be disqualified.
#4 Neatness counts.
Always type your application, or if you must print, do so neatly and legibly. Make a couple photocopies of all the forms before you fill them out. Use the copies as working drafts as you develop your application packet.
#5 Write an essay that makes a strong impression.
The key to writing a strong essay is to be personal and specific. Include concrete details to make your experience come alive; the who, what, where, and when of your topic. The simplest experience can be monumental if you present honestly how you were affected.
#6 Watch all deadlines.
To help keep yourself on track, impose your own deadline that is at least two weeks prior to the official deadline. Use the buffer time to make sure everything is ready on time. Don’t rely on extensions – very few scholarship providers allow them at all.
#7 Make sure your application gets where it needs to go.
Put your name (and social security number, if applicable) on all pages of the application. Pieces of your application may get lost unless they are clearly identified.
#8 Keep a back-up file in case anything goes wrong.
Before sending the application, make a copy of the entire packet. If your application goes astray, you’ll be able to reproduce it quickly.
#9 Give it a final “once-over.”
Proofread the entire application carefully. Be on the lookout for misspelled words or grammatical errors. Ask a friend, teacher, or parent to proofread it as well.
#10 Ask for help if you need it.
If you have problems with the application, don’t hesitate to call the funding organization.