St. Clairsville, OH (October 1, 2020) – Belmont College is encouraging students who are looking to attend or continue their education to fill out and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Commonly known as FAFSA, this online and cost-free application is available starting October 1 for those seeking aid for the 2021-22 academic year. In fact, October has been officially designated as FAFSA Completion Month by Ohio Governor Mike DeWine.
“While the FAFSA has traditionally been thought of as a tool for high school seniors, it also opens the door to college aid for working-age adults who are seeking new skills or who have become unemployed,” said Sheila Nelson-Hensley, Associate Dean of Financial Aid. “That’s doubly important in this year of pandemic, when so many Ohioans want to improve their career prospects for a new or existing position yet struggle to afford the cost of higher education. In many cases, aid accessed through the FAFSA will cover most or all of the tuition at a community college based on eligibility,” she said.
The deadline to submit a FAFSA application is June 30, 2021, but since some colleges award aid on a first-requested basis, the earlier the form is submitted can be important.
The U.S. Department of Education uses a “needs analysis” to determine how much the applicant can afford to provide for college. Regardless of income, an application should be submitted because income is only one of several factors used to determine aid eligibility. Families or individuals no longer have to wait until they have filed their taxes in April to complete the form. They can use the prior year tax return to provide information needed on the application.
In addition to assessing eligibility for federal financial aid, the FAFSA form is used by nearly all colleges to award state and college-sponsored financial aid and scholarships as well as a variety of grants, loans and work-study programs.
The FAFSA form must be filled out every year and is available at fafsa.ed.gov. Additional information on student aid opportunities at Belmont is available at www.belmontcollege.edu.
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