On November 11 and 15 school officials and representatives tried to help students and parents get the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form completed and answered any questions anyone may have. The application is necessary for students wanting to receive financial help, so many students wanted to make sure there are no errors that would prevent them from getting that.

This form determines the eligibility of students for many types of need-based aid, such as Federal Pell Grants, Federal Direct Student Loans, and Work-Study. Any student who wants to qualify for financial aid needs to complete the application.

School Counselor Jeffery Blue wanted to help students with this part of the senior’s college process because he thought that many parents and students had questions and didn’t know who to ask.

“We are offering two days for families to receive help with completing the FAFSA at West Johnston High School, November 11 and November 15,” Blue said. “The application is not hard to complete but many people have questions about some of the questions on the site.”

The school isn’t the only place that families can receive help regarding FAFSA. The representatives will be going to local places around North Carolina, so that way they are available to many families.

“We are partnering with the NC State Employees Credit Union (NCSECU) to provide assistance for families this year,” Blue said. “NCSECU representatives have been trained in how to help students complete the application and are helping families complete the forms at local branches throughout the month of November.”

Even though the application itself isn’t difficult, Blue and the representatives wanted to open up their help for students that are not use to the process. For some parents and students, the college application process is brand new, so, with the help, Blue hopes that he can clear up any confusion.

“We are willing to help any student who needs assistance,” Blue said. “This opportunity for assistance may be especially helpful for our first-generation college students and our English as Second Language (ESL) students.”