Students and Parents Invited to Free College Financial Aid, Information Session on Feb. 22

Putnam County high school seniors and parents can learn about applying and paying for college by attending College Goal Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. Feb. 22 at Tennessee Tech University.

During the free session, financial aid experts will guide students and parents through the completion of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Volunteers will explain the FAFSA line by line and give one-on-one information, as well as host question and answer sessions addressing other financial aid issues.

“This year the federal government has made the most significant changes to the FAFSA in more than 10 years,” said Lester McKenzie, TTU’s financial aid director. “Come get expert assistance so you don’t delay the federal aid application process. “

The free workshop will enable students to complete applications for several awards: the Tennessee HOPE lottery scholarships, federal Pell and supplemental grants, federal work study awards, federal loan programs, TTU need-based scholarships and State of Tennessee need-based grants.

Tennessee Tech will have a dedicated computer lab set up so that participants can finalize the application process before leaving the workshop.

Although students are not required to have chosen the specific institution they want to attend in order to participate in the session at TTU, they do need to bring financial documentation, including 2008 tax returns, bank statements and other income information listed on the College Goal Sunday web site.

Also, in order to complete online filing the day of the session, both students and parents need to have a FAFSA pin number. To apply for a FAFSA pin number, go to www.pin.ed.gov. The application process takes only a few minutes. The pin number will be e-mailed within a few days.

To get to the TTU session, take Interstate 40 to Exit 286 and go approximately 3.1 miles north on Willow Avenue. Turn right onto University Avenue, and Clement Hall will be the building located on the right corner at the second stop sign. All campus buildings have signs outside for identification.

To register, go to http://state.tn.us/CollegeGoalSunday/ or call TTU’s Financial Aid Office at 931/372-3073 for more information.