Hazelwood to Host FAFSA Frenzy, Aids Students and Parents to Get College Help

Hazelwood East Middle School will serve as a host site for Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) Frenzy on Wednesday, Feb. 20,  from 4:30-8 p.m. Hazelwood East Middle is located at 1865 Dunn Road,. This event is free and open to the public.

During this event, students and parents will be given a brief overview of the FAFSA program and volunteers will assist participants in the completion of the application process.

While attending, students can enter their names in a drawing for a chance to win a scholarship. Winners will receive scholarships upon receipt of enrollment verification for the 2013 fall term in a Missouri postsecondary program.

“There are 55 FAFSA Frenzy events across the state this year and we are delighted that HEMS was selected as a host site,” said Sharon Anhalt, Hazelwood School District Community Education facilitator and College & Career advisor.

FAFSA Frenzy is offered in Missouri through partnerships between the Missouri Department of Higher Education (MDHE), the Missouri Association of Student Financial Aid Personnel (MASFAP), the Missouri Higher Education Loan Authority (MOHELA), and Lumina Foundation for Education and USA Funds.

According to Anhalt, Missouri has participated in FAFSA Frenzy for a decade and has helped more than 9,500 Missouri students complete the FAFSA.

“This event fosters the perfect opportunity for students and parents to get the necessary help in applying for financial assistance, especially first-time, college-bound family members. We look forward to helping HSD students and those in our community, and increasing the number of families this program assists,” she said.

“To help ease the financial burden on families, our ultimate goal is to provide all available resources to students who desire to attend postsecondary programs,” Anhalt said.

What to bring

  • Copies of 2012 W-2.

• Copies of 2012 tax forms, if they are ready. If students or your parents have not filed 2012 returns before you attend the FAFSA Frenzy event, be sure to bring any statements of interest earned in 2012, any 1099 forms, and any other forms required to complete your taxes. This will allow students and parents to submit FAFSA online during the event. Participants will then need to go back to the FAFSA and submit corrections once tax returns are filed. The IRS Data Retrieval Tool should be available to help submit corrections accurately within a few weeks after tax file date.

• Student PIN and parent PIN are needed prior to attending the event. Participants may apply for PINs at www.pin.ed.gov before event.

For more information or access a complete list of FAFSA Frenzy events, visit www.dhe.mo.gov/ppc/fafsa_completion.php


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