Start Those Financial Aid Applications Now

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



Isaac Kaplan-Woolner spoke with Berg about getting money for college in

Washington State in a tight budget year.



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