UW-Stevens Point to host financial aid assistance event

Families looking for help with applying for financial aid for higher education may attend a free event at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point this month.

College Goal Wisconsin will be offered at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 26, at UW-Stevens Point's College of Professional Studies Building, 1901 Fourth Ave., Stevens Point.

Financial aid professionals and volunteers will offer help and answer questions about the 2022-23 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). High school seniors, continuing college students, transfer students and adults looking to attend any college or university are welcome to attend. Park in Lot E on campus, adjacent to Isadore Street.

UW-Stevens Point is pleased to College Goal Wisconsin again this year, said Mandy Slowinski, director of the Office of Financial Aid, Scholarships and Veteran Services. This event helps new students and their families complete the FAFSA, which higher education institutions use to determine federal, state and institutional financial aid eligibility.

"Completing the FAFSA is one of the most important steps students can take to help pay for college," Slowinski said. "By not completing it, students may be giving up the opportunity to be considered for state and federal grants, work study, some types of institutional aid or scholarships and loan opportunities." 

In addition to getting help with the application, attendees will be able to enter a College Goal Wisconsin scholarship drawing. Arrive at 6 p.m. to take full advantage of the resources available. Dependent students should attend with a parent to successfully submit the FAFSA at the event.

Because the FAFSA requires these details, attendees will want to bring 2020 federal tax returns and W2s, 2020 untaxed income records (such as child support and veteran's benefits), information on savings, investments, business and farm assets, if applicable, cell phone, social security number, driver's license and parents' birth, marriage, divorce or separation dates.

UW-Stevens Point is among numerous schools hosting College Goal Wisconsin events across the state through Nov. 8. Those considering college may attend the event nearest to them, regardless of the university they enroll. Virtual opportunities are also being offered on various dates through www.collegegoalwi.org.

For more information about financial aid resources, go to www.uwsp.edu/finaid.

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