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January 27, 2011

If you or someone you know is thinking about attending college in the fall and hope to get some help paying the bill, now is the time to start filling out applications for financial aid. The state higher education coordinating board is urging potential students to get on the ball, because both time and money are tight.


Wenatchee Valley College Financial Aid Director Kevin Berg said the FAFSA application, or Free Application for Federal Student Aid, is the best place to start. Those applications became available the first of the month.


Berg urges students to apply now, even if they don’t think they have all the pertinent information on hand, and taxes can be estimated.


Each school has its own application deadline and students should contact the financial aid office of the institution they wish to attend for specific deadline information, but Berg said it is certainly not too early to start the process. Many aid programs are awarded on a first come, first serve basis.


The State Need Grant is the state’s largest need-based financial aid program. Last year, nearly 22,000 Washington students who met financial eligibility requirements for SNG did not receive grants because demand for financial aid exceeded the supply of budgeted dollars. This trend looks to be continuing into the 2010-11 academic year. So, don’t delay on those financial aid applications.


Isaac Kaplan-Woolner spoke with Berg about getting money for college in Washington State in a tight budget year.



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