by Tyler Hilbert
West Virginia University at Parkersburg will be hosting a FAFSA completion workshop Friday, Nov. 9 from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the Workforce and Economic Development Building. The workshop is free and is open to all students, including Early College and high school seniors. It is recommended to create a Federal Student Aid (FSA) ID prior to the event. Parents of dependent students will need to create an FSA ID in order to complete the parent section of the FAFSA. You need to keep your FSA ID information for future uses and parents should also keep theirs for their other children that will be attending college. If you are a WV resident you will need to submit your FAFSA by April 15.
Students and parents of dependent students need to bring the following information to the workshop to complete the 2019-2020 FAFSA; FSA ID, social security number, driver’s license number, alien registration number (if you are not a U.S. citizen), 2017 federal income tax returns/W-2s and other records of income earned, bank statements and records of investments (if applicable) and records of untaxed income (if applicable). You don’t have to be a student here to attend the workshop. This is a great opportunity to work through the FAFSA process with experienced financial aid counselors and peer coaches. During the process financial aid peer coaches and counselors will guide students and parents through the application and will answer any and all questions you may have. This is a great opportunity to go over any concerns you may have and to manage any financial obstacles you might need to speak to a counselor about.
“You can also use the mobile app MyStudentAid, to complete your FAFSA the app says Federal Student Aid. It takes about 20 minutes, and it’s one question at a time so it’s very user friendly. The online application is also more user friendly than it has been in the past and I highly recommend that you use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool when filling the FAFSA out,” said Kathy Wince Associate Director of Financial Aid.