Financial aid applications available for students heading to college

MORGANTOWN — High school seniors are in the home stretch — looking at graduation just months away.
But first, they need to think about the next step.
Whether it be a four-year college or university, a community college or a two-year technical school, they’ll want to file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid.
This is the application for most of the financial aid from federal and state programs and from colleges and universities.
“Students do not know what they may be eligible to receive each year unless they submit the FAFSA,” said Nicole Solomon, assistant director of the WVU Student Financial Support & Services. “Postsecondary education is an investment in their future. If there is financial aid that could help them with that investment, we do not want them to leave it on the table.”
The 2019-’20 FAFSA was opened Oct. 1, 2018, but most colleges and universities — including WVU — have a March 1 deadline.
“Students are encouraged to submit their (FAFSA) by the priority deadline for their institution,” Solomon said. “At West Virginia University, our priority deadline is March 1. This ensures students receive the best financial aid package available to them. However, students can submit their FAFSA after March 1.
“There are also state deadlines to consider for residents of the state. For example, first-time recipients of the PROMISE Scholarship must have their FAFSA submitted to the Federal Student Aid Processing Center by March 1. For consideration for the West Virginia Higher Education Grant, the FAFSA must be received by April 15 each year.”
Solomon said for federal deadlines, students can submit applications throughout the school year in which they are applying for aid, but it’s best to focus on the priority deadline of the institution they plan to attend.

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