January 25, 2011

Jefferson City - Students who participate in free "FAFSA Frenzy" events next month will have a chance to win one of four $1,000 scholarships.

The "FAFSA" is a Free Application for Federal Student Aid, the first step all students must take to obtain financial assistance to attend college.

FAFSA Frenzy events help students and their parents submit accurate financial information that is used to determine student eligibility for need-based student aid. State and federal governments and all colleges and universities consider the FAFSA when awarding need-based student financial aid.

Missouri students are encouraged to complete the FAFSA as early as possible, but certainly by April 1 for timely consideration for financial aid.  Student and families do not need to have filed their federal income taxes for 2010 in order to participate in a FAFSA Frenzy event or to complete the FAFSA.

FAFSA Frenzy will be held at 33 sites on Sunday, February 13 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and 22 sites on various alternate dates and times during the months of January, February and March.

To find a location near you, review the complete list of all sites and dates or search for events by county, city, date or other criteria within the Missouri Association of Student Financial Aid Personnel's Show-Me to College events calendar. Additionally, sites will be published in the December, January, February and March issues of the MDHE's Monthly Student Reminder electronic newsletters.

Participants are asked to bring:

  • 2010 W-2 forms
  • Copies of 2010 tax forms, if they are ready, or any year-end pay stubs, statements of interest earned in 2010, 2009 tax forms, 1099 forms, and any other forms required to complete taxes
  • Student PIN and parent PIN. PINs can be obtained at www.pin.ed.gov

Students who attend a FAFSA Frenzy event will be entered into a drawing to win one of four $1,000 scholarships. All students receive gift bags with helpful information for planning and paying for college.