Students Get Help Applying For Financial Aid

By: Jennifer Weaver Email
By: Jennifer Weaver Email

For Danielle Grider choosing to attend Grand Valley State University was a no brainer.

"I like the campus a lot just the whole atmosphere and also it's far away enough from my parents but still close where I can come home on the weekends," Grider said.

But finishing her FAFSA required a little more work.

"Your name, social security number, your birthday, where you live," Grider said. "My mom is not going to be able to help me out a lot so I depend on it a lot."

Danielle is like so many other students who are relying on financial aid to pay for their education. It's an easy process many are intimidated by making events like College Goal Sunday very helpful.

"They've been told that it's worst than doing your taxes and it's really not," Val Meyer, Associate Director of Financial Aid at Michigan State University said. "I think a lot of it is just that people are concerned and they think they'll do something wrong."

The economy may not be great and the cost of tuition is not getting any cheaper. With many more people looking for financial aid applying sooner than later could make a difference.

"In Michigan we have less money available and most states have less money available as compared to what federal dollars might be available so we have to have a window of opportunity for filing," Peggy LeFleur of the Michigan Department of Education said.

With all the logistics out of the way Danielle is looking forward to fall.

"I'm pretty excited because I get to be with two of my best friends so it's gonna be pretty awesome," Grider said.

The Department of Education is asking all students to finish their FAFSA by March 1st.

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