Sauk Valley Community College Financial Assistance Office is encouraging current and potential students to complete their financial aid forms by March as State funds may be depleted in a short amount of time this year.
“Because the next school year is still several months away, many students do not think there needs to be a rush to file for financial aid,” stated Deb Stiefel, coordinator of financial assistance. This time last year, however, colleges found out that MAP grants from the state would be suspended by the end of the month and it looks to be a high possibility again this year.
Students can file a FAFSA form even if taxes are not completed. The SVCC Financial Assistance Office also encourages anyone wanting to file a form to stop by the office, no appointment needed, at any time. All that needs to be brought includes 2011 federal taxes & W2’s for the student, 2011 federal taxes & W2’s for parents (if a dependent), a pin number from the Department of Education and a driver’s license if the student is a dependent.
The free form can also be completed online at fafsa.ed.gov. This is a chance to gain extra free money to help support educational funds. For more information and question on financial aid, contact financial assistance office at 815-835-6339.