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College-bound students: FAFSA help at SCC on Feb. 17

WEST BURLINGTON ? Southeastern Community College (SCC) will offer free assistance to students who need help completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at its FAFSA Ready Iowa event on Saturday, Feb. 17, at both the West Burlington and Keokuk campuses. The event will take place from 9 a.m. to noon.


?Filing for financial aid can be confusing for students and adults,? said Renae Armentrout, SCC Financial Aid Director. ?We help people through the process so they get it right the first time and can begin to plan.?


The event is free and open to students of any age or income, regardless of which college they plan to attend.


Armentrout recommends that students bring at least one parent or guardian. Most traditional college-age students are required to include their parent?s information on their FAFSA, so it?s important that both the student and at least one parent attend.


To complete the FAFSA, students and parents each should bring the following: Social Security number, driver?s license number and date of birth; 2016 federal and state tax returns; W-2 forms or other records of income earned in 2016; current bank statements and investment records; records of untaxed income received last year; or Alien registration numbers (if not a U.S. citizen).


Students and parents may register in advance for an FSA ID to electronically sign the forms and make future changes. Visit https://fsaid.ed.gov/npas/index.htm for instructions.


FAFSA Ready Iowa is part of the national Fund Your Future FAFSA awareness campaign. The program is organized and run by the Iowa College Access Network (ICAN) and is funded through grants from Prairie Meadows, the Riverboat Development Authority, and Black Hawk County Community Foundation. Additional support is provided by ICAN and the Iowa Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (IASFAA).


For more information, visit FAFSA Ready Iowa online at www.icansucceed.org/fafsareadyia.