The Hazelwood School District has committed to helping students and parents prepare for college by assisting with applying for federal funds.
Hazelwood East Middle School (HEMS) will serve as a host site for event entitled Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) Frenzy on Wednesday, Feb. 20, from 4:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
HEMS is located at 1865 Dunn Road, St. Louis, MO 63138. During the event, which is free and open to the public, students and parents will be educated about the FAFSA program and volunteers will help families apply for FAFSA aid.
Students can enter their names in a drawing for a chance to win a scholarship, and winners will receive the scholarships upon receipt of enrollment verification for the 2013 fall term in a Missouri college.
“There are 55 FAFSA Frenzy events across the state this year and we are delighted that HEMS was selected as a host site,” said Sharon Anhalt, HSD community education facilitator in a statement.
Partnerships between the Missouri Department of Higher Education (MDHE), the Missouri Association of Student Financial Aid Personnel (MASFAP), the Missouri Higher Education Loan Authority (MOHELA), and Lumina Foundation for Education and USA Funds allow the events to occur in Missouri.
Anhalt said Missouri has participated in FAFSA Frenzy for 10 years helping more than 9,500 Missouri students complete the FAFSA.
“This event fosters the perfect opportunity for students and parents to get the necessary help in applying for financial assistance, especially first-time, college-bound family members," Anhalt said.
To obtain additional information or access a complete list of FAFSA Frenzy events, visit www.dhe.mo.gov/ppc/fafsa_completion.php.
What to bring with you to FAFSA Frenzy:
- Copies of 2012 W-2.
- Copies of 2012 tax forms, if they are ready. If students or your parents have not filed 2012 returns before you attend the FAFSA Frenzy event, be sure to bring any statements of interest earned in 2012, any 1099 forms, and any other forms required to complete your taxes. This will allow students and parents to submit FAFSA online during the event.
- Participants will then need to go back to the FAFSA and submit corrections once tax returns are filed. The IRS Data Retrieval Tool should be available to help submit corrections accurately within a few weeks after tax file date.
Student PIN and parent PIN are needed prior to attending the event. Participants may apply for PINs at www.pin.ed.gov before event.