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FAFSA First: The Key for Anyone Seeking College Financial Aid

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Filling out that all-important FAFSA form can mean the difference between getting the money you need for college and not. The FAFSA—Free Application for Federal Student Aid is the first step to determining eligibility for financial aid.

Current and prospective McHenry County College students who need money for college can apply for financial aid by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form at an evening hands-on workshop in November or December to complete the federal financial aid form online using college computers. Workshops are available from 6-7:30 p.m. Nov. 1 and 7 and December 13 at McHenry County College. A detailed email will follow once students have registered for the workshop.

Staff members from the Office of Financial Aid at MCC will help students and/or parents complete the online form for the 2019-2020 school year. The FAFSA form is the required document that students must complete in order to be considered for federal and state grants, work-study, and student loans.

The task has been simplified over the years, and now, thanks to technology, it’s easier than

ever, and takes only 20 or 30 minutes to complete. A data retrieval tool allows you to import your tax information if you’ve filed with the Internal Revenue Service. It’s also important to note that many scholarships and loans are not income-dependent. To get the form visit www.fafsa.ed.gov.

Information to bring to the FAFSA workshops include an FSA ID and 2017 tax returns for student and parents, investment information, social security numbers and bank account information.

Registration is required for the FAFSA workshops. To register, visit www.mchenry.edu/financialaidnight. For more information about financial aid at MCC, visit www.mchenry.edu/financialaid. The college is located at 8900 U.S. Hwy. 14 in Crystal Lake. For more information, call (815) 455-8914

McHenry County College, 8900 U.S. Hwy 14, Crystal Lake, Illinois 60012-2761

(815) 455-3700

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