Wolf Point Herald

Counselor's Corner - Oct. 30

Did you know that about $150 billion in federal grants, loans and work-study funds are available each year to help students pursue higher education?  Did you also know that only 30 percent of high school seniors in Montana completed their Free Application for Federal Student Aid by the priority application deadline last year?  

Parents and students are invited to a financial aid presentation with Jennifer Almli, Student Assistance Foundation, at Wolf Point High School on Monday, Nov. 4, at 5:30 p.m. in room 35.

This will be a great time to learn how to get a PIN, find out what information you will need to complete the FAFSA and deadline dates. This activity will prepare you for the next Financial Aid Presentation and College Goal Montana activity at WPHS on Tuesday, Jan. 7, where you can actually complete your FAFSA before the early deadline dates for scholarships, grants, work-study, etc. The FAFSA will be available online after Jan. 1.

Things to bring along:  FAFSA PIN, if you already have one; Social Security numbers for both parents and student; 2012 federal tax return; and any other financial information you have — W2s, assets and investments, TANF, child support, etc.

If you do not have a FAFSA PIN, it is simple to get one. Log on to www.pin.ed.gov and complete the necessary information.  Both parents/guardians and students must have their own PIN.

For more information regarding completion of the FAFSA, visit www.SmartAboutCollege.org. 

Snacks, drawings and computer access will be available at the WPHS Financial Aid Night. For more information or questions, feel free to call Keri Sansaver, WPHS counselor, at 653-1200 ext. 406.