The FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) will open January 1, 2015 for the 2015-2016 academic year. All families with seniors planning to attend college next year must fill out the FAFSA in order to receive financial aid from the Federal Government to help pay for school. The state of Michigan also uses information from the FAFSA to distribute funds, as do many colleges and universities, making the FAFSA the #1 best way to get financial aid for college.
To find more information on the FAFSA, you can go to https://studentaid.ed.gov/fafsa . Students should fill out the FAFSA as soon as possible on/after January 1, 2015 as some types of aid are first come, first serve. To receive priority consideration for financial aid from the state of Michigan and from most colleges/universities in Michigan, you MUST complete the FAFSA by March 1, 2015.
Starting in January, there will be several events taking place in the Muskegon area where you can get valuable information on financial aid and the FAFSA. To find a calendar of financial aid and/or FAFSA events happening in the Muskegon area, go to http://rpcollegeadviser.weebly.com/financial-aid-events.html .