Counseling department to host financial aid workshop Monday


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Counselor Marlene Hood assists a student with her schedule before 1st period starts. The counseling department is hosting a workshop to fill out the FAFSA on Monday.

To help seniors fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), the counseling department is hosting a financial aid workshop in the library Oct. 21 from 6-8 p.m. 

There will be G-force- a program that provides assistance for understanding college – volunteers present to assist with the FAFSA process as well as financial aid representatives from The University of North Texas and Collin College. There will also be help available in Spanish. 

“There might be some other [colleges coming] as well, but families can ask if they have more specific individual questions,” counselor Justin Fields said. “We’ll have financial aid reps who can tackle more of those tricky questions, so [they] can consult with them.” 

FAFSA allows students to be considered for need-based aid by schools, and uses a family’s financial information to determine need. Depending on factors such as a school’s tuition and a families income, the level of need is different. 

“As a counseling department, one of the things we hope we can help students with is to maximize scholarships and grants students receive,” Fields said.