Why It Pays To Attend FAFSA Day

The entire process of applying for college can be overwhelming. There are so many decisions to make, deadlines to meet and dozens of forms to fill out. Applying for financial aid can feel particularly challenging. We at the College Foundation of North Carolina (CFNC) know how difficult it can be, that’s why we’re calling in the experts to help you along the way.


Who Needs FAFSA?

Everyone! Whether you know what you will be doing next fall or not, you should go ahead and fill out the FAFSA. Be sure to include a UNC school, community college, and independent college or university to be considered for all aid. Remember that completing the FAFSA does not commit you to college! CFNC, along with the North Carolina Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators, and State Employees’ Credit Union are teaming up to help you complete and submit your FAFSA application (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) and the help is FREE! FAFSA is a federally required form for all students seeking federal and most state financial aid for higher education. Basically, if you need help paying for college next fall, you’ll need to fill out this form.


Where Can I Go?

FAFSA Day is Saturday, October 27, from 9 a.m.–12 p.m. Financial aid administrators will be available at locations across the state to help walk you through the FAFSA process. You can find a location near you by checking out our handy location map.  Once you find your most convenient location, all you have to do is click the “Register for FAFSA Day” link, sign up for that location, and you’re set to go.


What Should I Bring?

Now that you know the time, place and date, you’ll need to gather a few things to bring with you. Students and parents should each bring the following

  • Your 2017 tax information
  • A FSA ID is required by the student and one parent. You can get your FSA ID by clicking here.
  • Social security numbers for both the student and parent
  • Driver’s license number, if available.

Remember, you’ll need to fill out the FAFSA application if you want to be considered for federal or state financial aid including scholarships, grants, loans, and work-study.


Making the First Step Easier.

Completing the FAFSA is the first step to paying for college. CFNC is here to help. If you register and bring all the appropriate documents, the process should take about 30 minutes. If you can’t come on October 27, don’t worry. State Employees’ Credit Union branches are providing assistance with FAFSA completion at no charge during the entire month of November. Contact your local branch to set up an appointment.