Alvernia University Offering Bilingual Help With Federal Aid Forms

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Bilingual staff members will be on hand to help families complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form at Alvernia University on Saturday, Feb. 8.

photo: About 99% of Alvernia students receive some type of financial aid.

About 99% of Alvernia students receive some type of financial aid.

FAFSA forms are very important, but they can be confusing — especially for students and parents who have never filled one out before.

Bilingual staff members will be on hand to help families complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form at Alvernia University on Saturday, Feb. 8. The annual "FAFSA & Fun" event is open to the public, and will be held in the lobby of Bernardine Hall from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Balancing an education with student debt can be daunting for some families. One way to get help is by filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid form. But each year, errors and omissions on FAFSA forms cost many students thousands of dollars in financial aid.

"FAFSA forms are very important, but they can be confusing — especially for students and parents who have never filled one out before," explains Christine Saadi, director of Student Financial Planning at Alvernia. "Financial planners will review the 2014-2015 form from start to finish and answer any questions along the way."

Nearly all colleges and universities across the country require FAFSA forms that are used to determine a student’s eligibility for federal, state and college-sponsored aid, including grants, educational loans and work-study programs. In order to be considered for most forms of financial aid, students must submit a new form each year.

The open "FAFSA & Fun" event at Alvernia is a free opportunity for students and their families to complete their forms with the help of financial aid experts. Bilingual staff will be on hand and attendees are encouraged to bring their 2013 tax information or W2 forms to complete FAFSA forms online. Computers will be available during the event.

FAFSA & Fun at Alvernia University
Saturday, Feb. 8, 1:30-3:30 p.m., Bernardine Hall Lobby
ALVERNIA is a thriving university that empowers students through real-world learning to discover their passion for life, while providing the education to turn what they love into lifetimes of career success and personal fulfillment, helping them make the world a better place.

Situated on a scenic 121-acre suburban campus in historic Berks County, Pa., the university of more than 3,000 students is conveniently located near Philadelphia (60 miles) and within an easy drive of New York, Baltimore and Washington, D.C. With a College of Arts and Sciences and College of Professional Studies, Alvernia today offers more than 50 undergraduate majors and minors and a range of graduate programs at the master’s and doctoral levels through its School of Graduate and Adult Education. Satellite sites are located in Philadelphia and Schuylkill County. As one of only 22 Franciscan institutions in the country, Alvernia’s focus on caring for each other, the environment and the community are joined with a challenging educational experience to provide an unparalleled environment to grow, develop and mature as a person and professional.

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