Many students are not aware of just how much aid is available. The federal government’s website notes that many FAFSA applicants have experienced recent financial changes due to the COVID-19 emergency or other reasons.
“If your (or your family’s) financial situation changed from what is reflected on your federal income tax return — for example, you or a family member has lost a job or claimed unemployment benefits, you may be eligible to have your FAFSA form adjusted to qualify for additional aid,” the site noted. “Financial aid offices can adjust your financial aid award to reflect your or your family’s current income.”
Zimmerman said that “it’s not too late to apply for aid for the current academic year, 2021-22,” which would pertain to the upcoming spring semester.
Whether it’s for 2021-22 (the current academic year) or the newly-opened 2022-23 FAFSA (for next year), “we’re happy to help students complete the forms,” she said, adding the financial aid office staff arrange their lunch breaks so that someone is always available during regular office hours.
Visit https://studentaid.gov/fafsa-app to get started with the FAFSA.