FAFSA made easy

Financial Aid office provides help with financial aid form

By Sophia Gravatt
On October 19, 2018

Graphic by Zach Vigil- Minyard

ASU’s Financial Aid office held a FAFSA night Oct. 15 as part of the Region 15 FAFSA week.

"A lot of students either think their parents make too much money or they had a really hard time their freshman year filling out their FAFSA," Keith Hoelscher, senior financial aid counselor, said. "So we’re here to help with any questions they might have."

Hoelscher said it makes the process a little bit easier for students.

"As the semester progresses, students get more and more stressed with tests and projects, and he FAFSA is just one more responsibility hanging over their head. This is a way for students to get the application completed in one sitting rather than getting confused and having to stop and wait until somebody can help them," Hoelscher said.

Hoelscher said that financial aid is available to all students, includeing grants, loans and work study.

"We want to make sure that every student has this opportunity and encourage them to come in and complete it," Hoelscher said. "Many times, there is aid available that goes unclaimed because of students not completing the process."

Hoelscher said that the applications are becoming more user friendly.

"You can use an IRS data retrieval tool, which pulls all of your information from the IRS website back to the application," Hoelscher said.

Hoelscher said you don’t necessarily need your tax returns right in front of you like in the past.

"This started a year or so ago, but it’s still gaining the momentum," Hoelscher said.

Hoelscher also said that there is a new FAFSA app this year, so students can fill out their applications on their phones.

"The process has come a long way in getting simplified."

There will be two more FAFSA nights; they are tentatively scheduled for Nov. 15 and Dec. 5. They will take place in the computer lab of the MCS building, and all students are encouraged to come and get their applications filled out.

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