FAFSA Frenzy returning with college aid

Next school year, the U.S. Department of Education will make more than $150 billion in post-secondary financial aid available to students throughout the nation.

College Goal Sunday makes applying for financial aid easier by providing students with free help filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), the first step in applying for federal financial aid and many state programs.

The Missouri Association of Student Financial Aid Personnel and the Missouri Department of Higher Education are partnering to bring FAFSA Frenzy to Missouri for 2012.

To assist students and parents with the FAFSA process, financial aid professionals will be on hand at 36 FAFSA Frenzy events on Feb. 12.

A local FAFSA Frenzy event will be held 2-4 p.m. Feb. 12 at Nichols Career Center in Jefferson City.

Thirteen additional FAFSA Frenzy events will be held throughout January, February and March. Dates, times and locations for all events are available at www.dhe.mo.gov or www.masfap.org/showmetocollege.

Scholarships will be drawn for students attending the event in Missouri. Winners will receive their scholarships upon receipt of enrollment verification for the 2012 fall semester at a Missouri post-secondary institution.

Families will be able to complete the 2012-13 FAFSA onsite and obtain valuable information.

The 2012 FAFSA Frenzy events will mark the ninth year that Missouri has participated in College Goal Sunday. In the past eight years, FAFSA Frenzy has helped more than 7,300 Missouri students obtain financial aid.

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