January 26, 2012

Jefferson City - Next school year, the U.S. Department of Education will make more than $150 billion in postsecondary financial aid available to students throughout the nation. FAFSA Frenzy makes applying for financial aid easier by providing students with free help filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, the first step in applying for federal financial aid and many state programs.

FAFSA Frenzy, a program of College Goal Sunday, is offered in Missouri through partnerships between the Missouri Department of Higher Education with the Missouri Association of Student Financial Aid Personnel, the Lumina Foundation for Education, and the YMCA. To assist students and parents with the FAFSA process, financial aid professionals will be on hand at 36 FAFSA Frenzy events on the main event date, Sunday, Feb. 12, 2012.

Thirteen additional FAFSA Frenzy events will be held throughout January, February and March. Dates, times and locations for all events are available at www.dhe.mo.gov or www.masfap.org/showmetocollege.

Eight $500 scholarships will be drawn for students attending the event in Missouri. Winners will receive their scholarships upon receipt of enrollment verification for the 2012 fall semester at a Missouri postsecondary institution.

Families will be able to complete the 2012-13 FAFSA on-site and obtain valuable information.

2012 FAFSA Frenzy events will mark the ninth year that Missouri has participated in the CGS program. In the past eight years, CGS/FAFSA Frenzy has helped more than 7,300 Missouri students obtain financial aid.