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SVHEC to host Super Saturday financial aid seminar

SoVaNow.com / February 04, 2013
The Virginia Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (VASFAA), in conjunction with the Southern Virginia Higher Education Center (SVHEC) will host Super Saturday on Saturday, Feb. 9 from 1-5 p.m.

This event is open to students and parents of all grade levels, including returning college students, as well as older adults interested in continuing their education.

Super Saturday is one of VASFAA’s annual service projects where anyone seeking funding for college can receive free, professional, one-on-one assistance in completing the federal financial aid form, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

The FAFSA is the form used by colleges, universities, and career-technical schools across the country to determine eligibility for student federal and state financial aid.

“If filling out the financial aid forms seems overwhelming to you, as it does to most people, Super Saturday is a great place for you to come and receive help,” said Amy Cole, SVHEC Director of Student Services & Partner Relations.

“It’s important to complete the FAFSA form as early as possible so you’ll be eligible for the maximum amount of student aid. Most grants require you to fill out a financial aid form as well. Once you complete the forms the first time, it’s much easier to apply every year online. The best thing is that there are funds available so almost everyone can receive money to go to college,” she continued.

The SVHEC will have computers and financial aid experts available to assist students and parents with electronically applying for federal aid.

In addition there will be two financial aid presentations followed by Q&A to discuss the federal and state financial aid process.

Super Saturday attendees should bring their 2012 W-2 forms and other records of earned income, 2012 Federal Income Tax Return if available, current bank statements, investment and business/farm information, a driver’s license if applicable, alien registration card (if not a US citizen), and their US Department of Education PIN number if one has been requested.

As an incentive for attending Super Saturday, students will have chance to win a $100 book scholarship.

The scholarship will provide $100 to pay for books at the winner’s college of choice during the 2013-14 academic year.

Super Saturday is free and open to the public. For more information about Super Saturday 2013, please visit http://www.vasfaa.org or http://www.svhec.org.

VASFAA is an organization of individuals who administer financial aid programs or who are otherwise active in a financial aid-related profession.

Its mission is to maintain an organization that promotes the professional growth and collaboration of its members in order to serve fairly the needs of students, families, and institutions in matters related to financial and informational resources that support students’ postsecondary education goals.

The organization is determined to help students pursue and attain their educational goals.

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