Rhode Island families dealing with applications for federal college financial assistance have the opportunity to receive free help with completing their paperwork and understanding the aid available to them.
Congressman Jim Langevin (D-RI) will join the Rhode Island Student Loan Authority (RISLA) on Saturday, February 16, 2013, at 10am at Rhode Island College's Gaige Hall, where financial aid professionals will assist college-bound students and their families in completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
This form is required for students seeking federal financial aid, including grants and loans, at educational institutions nationwide. It is also the form Rhode Island residents complete to determine eligibility for Rhode Island State Grant Programs.
The session is the last in the College Goal Rhode Island series, which is part of the national College Goal Sunday program sponsored by the Rhode Island Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (RIASFAA), Rhode Island Student Loan Authority, USA Funds, and Lumina Foundation for Education. Families are encouraged to submit their forms by March 1.
Students interested in attending a postsecondary institution who need financial assistance to pay for college should attend. It is recommended that dependent students bring their parent(s) or legal guardian(s) with them to the session. Students should also bring the parent's completed 2012 federal tax return (if completed), 2012 W-2 forms and all other 2012 income and benefits information. In addition, if students worked during 2012, they should bring their completed 2012 federal tax return and any other income information. Students 24 years or older may attend alone and bring their own completed 2012 tax forms or other 2012 income and benefits information.