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Free FAFSA Completion Workshops

Financial aid is a key component to increasing access to higher education. For many area families, the process of submitting and filing a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), a requirement for students looking to receive federal or state aid, can be complicated. Burlington County College’s (BCC) Financial Aid Office, with the support of a College Access Challenge Grant (CACG) administered through the Higher Education Student Assistance Authority (HESSA), will offer free assistance to local students and families at three 2013/2014 FAFSA Completion Workshops on Wednesday, March 20, Tuesday, March 26 and Thursday, March 28.

“Burlington County College recognizes the important role financial aid plays in a student’s access to higher education,” said BCC President David C. Hespe. “The workshops provide the perfect opportunity for our Burlington County families to complete and submit a FAFSA with the help of experienced and knowledgeable College officials.” 

 “The workshops go beyond a basic FAFSA information session,” said BCC’s Director of Financial Aid Michael Cioce. “No matter what two-year or four-year institution the students are planning to attend, BCC’s financial aid experts will sit down with the families and directly assist them through the FAFSA process.”

Anyone wishing to start the financial aid process is invited to attend the workshops, which will be held from 5:30-8 p.m. each evening. The first workshop will be held in BCC’s new Willingboro Center, 200 Campbell Drive, Suite 210, on Wednesday, March 20. BCC’s William K. McDaniel Integrated Learning Resource Center (IRLC) library on the Pemberton campus, 601 Pemberton Browns Mills Rd., will host the second workshop on Tuesday, March 26. The third and final workshop will be held at BCC’s Mount Laurel campus, 500 College Circle, in Laurel Hall, room 309. Pre-registration is not required.

Families and students participating in any of the workshops will need to bring the following: 2012 income information (2012 tax return for student and parents, W2’s, etc.), social security card (or social security number), driver’s license, and alien registration card (eligible non-citizens).

Thanks to the grant, BCC was also able to host FAFSA Completion Workshops at local high schools including Burlington Township, Pemberton Township, Maple Shade, Willingboro and Burlington City. Sixty-eight families successfully completed the 2013/2014 FAFSA with assistance from BCC representatives.

Financial aid, including scholarships, grants, loans and work-study opportunities, supplements the difference between the cost of education and the expected family contribution. It is one of the ways students and their families meet the costs of receiving an education. In addition to financial aid, students and their families need to be aware of the education tax credits, like the American Opportunity Credit, which was extended into the 2012 tax year and helps pay for college expenses. Many of those eligible will qualify for the maximum annual credit of $2,500 per student. Additional information on education tax credits, deductions, and savings plans can be found on www.irs.gov/uac/Tax-Benefits-for-Education:-Information-Center

For more information on Financial Aid, please visit www.fafsa.ed.gov, www.studentaid.ed.gov, or www.bcc.edu/financialaid.