The Lansing School District will be teaming up with Michigan State University, Olivet College and Lansing Community College to join in the Michigan Department of Education's statewide campaign to offer assistance to graduating seniors and their parents in completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) financial aid applications.
Workshops will be held from 1 - 4 p.m. on the following dates & locations:
- Saturday, February 5 - Everett High School, 3900 Stable St.
- Saturday, February 12 - Eastern High School, 220 N. Pennsylvania Ave.
- Saturday, February19 - Sexton High School, 102 S. McPherson Ave.
To be prepared for the workshops, students and families will need to:
- Register for a pin at www.pin.ed.gov. If you are providing parent information, your parent must also register for his or her own pin.
- Collect the documents needed to apply and bring with you. A full list of what you need is at www.fafsa.ed.gov.
- Complete this process by March 1, 2011 in order to qualify for Michigan Scholarships.
The workshops will provide financial and technical advice to parents and students to help guide them through the online application. Translators will also be available to assist families with any language barriers.
Similar events are being conducted state-wide on February 13 as part of the Michigan Department of Education's "College Goal Sunday" program. The program was created to increase the number of students who continue education beyond high school and earn post-secondary degrees.
"It is imperative that we prepare our students to the best of our ability, both academically and financially, so that they have access to every opportunity to receive the assistance necessary to achieve their dreams of higher education," said Dr. T.C. Wallace Jr., Superintendent, Lansing School District. "The number of resources that become available to students and families after the FAFSA process has been completed are invaluable and much of the time are the key to deciding the educational future of our youngsters."
Federal Student Aid, an office of the U.S. Department of Education, ensures that all eligible individuals can benefit from federally funded or federally guaranteed financial assistance for education beyond high school.