January 20, 1999
MEDIA CONTACT: Kirsten Birkeland, 360/546-9602, birkelan@vancouver.wsu.edu
PAYING FOR COLLEGE: PARENTS, STUDENTS INVITED
TO FREE WORKSHOP ON COLLEGE FINANCIAL AID
        
VANCOUVER, Wash. -- College-bound students and parents interested in learning more about how to pay for college can attend a free workshop on financial aid Feb. 4 at Washington State University at Vancouver. The workshop is geared toward those interested in applying for financial aid for 1999-00, and intend to enroll beginning fall 1999.
        The workshop begins at 6:30 p.m. and is designed to help students and their families apply for federal student aid of all kinds by learning how to complete the revised 1999-00 Free Application for Federal Student Aid. The FAFSA is the standard financial aid form for all colleges and universities, and the workshop is open to any college-bound student.
        "This is really a working session where people will be able to go step-by-step through the FAFSA," says student services director Nancy Youlden, noting that although the workshop is presented by WSU, students planning to attend any college will benefit from the workshop.
        Those attending are asked to bring the following: a 1998 income tax return (or estimate based on 1997); records of other untaxed income; and bank, business or farm records.
        Advisers from WSU Vancouver and WSU's main campus in Pullman will help participants complete this year's revised FAFSA, and can provide information on other ways to pay for college, such as grants, scholarships and loans. The advisers will be on hand after the session to provide one-on-one counseling and advice about obtaining financial aid for college.
        WSU Vancouver is located at 14204 NE Salmon Creek Avenue, off the 134th Street exit from either I-5 or I-205. Additional information about the workshop can be obtained by calling WSU Vancouver at 360/546-WSUV.
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