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There’s a reason the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) has “Free” in its title – you shouldn’t have to pay money to get money! When completing the FAFSA, be sure to go to fafsa.ed.gov and avoid any websites containing “fafsa” and ending in “.com” in its URL.

For information on how to avoid financial aid and scholarship scams, visit the Federal Trade Commission online at http://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0082-scholarship-and-financial-aid-scams.

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From finding the best fit, to meeting application deadlines, to figuring out how to pay for it all—the college process can be daunting and intimidating. There is help! Virginia is offering a series of three collaborative events designed to help guide Virginia students and their families through this process.

Mark your calendars!

  • College Nights in Virginia – November 1-15, 2013.
    For more information, visit www.collegenights.org.
  •  Virginia College Application Week – November 18-22, 2013.
    For more information, email iamtheoneva@gmail.com.
  •  Super FAFSA Week – February 1-8, 2014.
    For more information, visit www.vasfaa.com/super.

See the flyer for more details.

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Easy as 1-2-3!

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We’re not the only ones excited about filling out the FAFSA! There are financial aid professionals ready to help you complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid at more than 50 Super Saturday locations across Virginia. Check out this video to learn more about why it’s important to submit the FAFSA. Then visit vasfaa.org to more about the February 9th Super Saturday events.

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Super Saturday 2013

It’s a bird… It’s a plane… It’s Super Saturday, the free annual event to help college-going students complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)!SuperSaturday

 On Saturday, February 9, financial aid specialists will offer one-on-one assistance to new and returning college students at more than 50 locations across Virginia.

Attendees should bring the following documents to Super Saturday:

  • U.S. Department of Education Personal Identification Number
  • Social Security Numbers
  • Driver’s License (if available)
  • 2012 W-2 Forms
  • 2012 Federal Income Tax Returns
  • 2012 Family’s untaxed income records
  • Family’s current bank statements
  • Family’s current investment records
  • Alien registration card (if not a U.S. citizen)

For a complete list of Super Saturday locations and more information, please visit http://www.vasfaa.org/.

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Video About Federal Aid

Video About Federal Aid

See why students are going to college and how federal student aid can help.

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Failure to fully complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) disqualifies students from being considered for federal grants and subsidized loans. So if your parents refuse to fill out the FAFSA, what are your options?

First, we recommend working with your college financial aid office to become eligible for unsubsidized federal student loans. You can also help your parents understand why it is important that they help you complete the FAFSA. For a list of strategies and an explanation of parental responsibilities and risks, visit FinAid.org at www.finaid.org/otheraid/parentsrefuse.phtml.

Another option is to work with financial aid administrators to receive a “dependency override,” which means you meet the definition of a dependent student, but your application will be processed as an independent student instead. If you are under the age of 24, an undergraduate student, not married, not a veteran, not an orphan, not emancipated by the court, not homeless, and do not have a legal dependent of your own, then by federal rules you are considered a dependent student and must include your parent’s information on the federal FAFSA. However, financial aid administrators have the authority to grant a “dependency override” in cases involving unusual circumstances.

Please note that federal rules provide strict guidance on who can be considered an independent student. For example, a student cannot become independent just because his or her parents are unwilling to help pay for the student’s college education. FinAid.org provides more information about how dependency override decisions are made on its website at www.finaid.org/educators/pj/dependencyoverrides.phtml.

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Feel like you need superpowers to figure out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)? Never fear, Super Saturday is here!

SCHEV is once again partnering with the Virginia Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (VASFAA) to help college-bound Virginians receive free one-on-one assistance completing the federal financial aid form during a series of Super Saturday events.

Financial aid specialists will help new and returning college students at 65 locations across Virginia over three consecutive Saturdays: January 28, February 4, and February 11, 2012. For a complete list of Super Saturday locations, as well as a list of materials that students must bring to receive assistance filling out the FAFSA, please visit http://www.vasfaa.org/.

And as an added incentive, a $100 Book Scholarship will be awarded to one student at each Super Saturday location. So what are you waiting for? Get to the Super Saturday location near you faster than a speeding bullet!

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