Pennsylvania College of Technology is offering assistance for current and future college students and their families to complete the 2020-21 Free Application for Federal Student Aid.
The college’s Financial Aid Office is hosting a FAFSA completion session to assist with the online application process. The FAFSA is required by colleges and universities to determine student eligibility for federal and state grants, loans and some scholarships.
The free session is scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 28, from 4:30 to 7 p.m. in Room 1049 of the Student & Administrative Services Center on the main campus in Williamsport.
Students currently enrolled or planning to attend any college or university are invited. Students who are 23 or younger should be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Most first-time students can complete the FAFSA within 45 minutes. Attendees planning to submit their FAFSA during the session should create a student and/or parent FSA ID at least three days prior at www.studentaid.gov.
They should also bring copies of their 2018 financial documents, including federal tax returns, W-2 forms, untaxed income statements, record of child support paid or received, and amount of their current assets.
Financial Aid staff will help student and parent taxpayers use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool, which allows FAFSA filers to electronically transfer federal tax return information into the FAFSA.
“The entire financial aid process can be overwhelming and intimidating,” said David R. Empet, director of financial aid at Penn College.
“We are here to help and navigate students through this process. There are so many misconceptions regarding financial aid eligibility, and our staff is committed to working with each student to maximize their financial aid opportunities.”