Applying for Financial Aid Early has Advantages

Submitted on January 24, 2013 at 9:03 AM

Financial aid may make the difference in a student attending college or not. It's important to get the paperwork filed as soon as possible, so that students know exactly how much aid they are eligible to receive. Volunteer State Community College is encouraging current and future students to apply now. Some grants, such as Tennessee Student Assistance Awards are done on a first-come, first-served basis and when the money runs out for the year that will be it. Other loans and grants, such as the Tennessee lottery scholarship funds, do not have the same limitations.

The most important part of the process is the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The application is used to apply for federal student grants, work-study aid, loans, state, and some private aid. There are some important documents students will need, before starting the application, including 2012 tax forms and W-2 forms. However, even students without those documents can get the process started. The FAFSA form also requires common information, such as social security and driver's license numbers. Students are advised to go online and apply for a FAFSA online PIN number, before they visit the Financial Aid Office for help. The PIN number can be obtained on the website www.pin.ed.gov.

The Vol State Office of Financial Aid can help students throughout the year during regular Financial Aid Office hours from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Appointments for are not required, but are encouraged. High school students are advised to bring a parent, if possible, along with their tax documents. Vol State is located at 1480 Nashville Pike in Gallatin. The Financial Aid Office is on the bottom floor of the Wood Campus Center. For more information visit www.volstate.edu/FinancialAid

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