College Financial Aid Night – Oct. 11, 6:30 p.m.

The process of planning and paying for college can be daunting.

For help filling out Federal and State forms that directly affect grants, loans and scholarships the Counseling Center in the Fort Plain Jr./Sr. High School is here!

Parents and students are invited to attend Financial Aid Night in the Jr./Sr. High School on October 11 at 6:30 p.m.

The night will begin with a presentation in the Auditorium from Fulton-Montgomery Community College Financial Aid Coordinator Rebecca Cozzocrea who will provide an overview of the financial aid process, including how to access New York State’s Excelsior (“free tuition”) Scholarship.

A member of the Fort Plain Scholarship Association will also be on hand to explain their scholarship application requirements.

Attendees will then move to the Library Computer Lab where they will get assistance filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and NYS Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) applications.

In order to fill out FAFSA forms it is a good idea to register for a Federal Student Aid ID before October 11. This can be done at https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/fafsa/filling-out/fsaid. If there are issues connecting to the site then an ID can be made at the workshop.

Other needed information for the night includes:

  • Student and Parents social security numbers (Have cards to ensure number is correct.)
  • Parents’ dates of birth
  • Student’s driver’s license number (if they have one)
  • Student’s Permanent Alien Registration Number (if not a U.S. citizen)
  • Copy of student’s 2016 Federal Income Tax Return. (or W-2 Wage statements)
  • Copy of parents’ 2016 Federal Income Tax Return (or W-2 Wage statements)
  • Records of student’s un-taxed income for:
    • Child support received in the student’s name
    • Child support received for any of the student’s children
    • Interest income
    • Veterans non-education benefits
    • Disability benefits
    • Money received by or paid on the student’s behalf
  • Records of parents’ un-taxed income for:
    • Child support received for all children
    • Interest income
    • Veterans non-education benefits
    • Un-taxed portion of pension benefits
    • Un-taxed portion of IRA deductions
    • Un-taxed portion of IRA distributions
    • Workers’ compensation benefits
    • Disability benefits
  • Federal Student Aid ID (FSA ID) (if created, see above)
  • Valid email address

Questions about Financial Aid Night can be sent to 10-12 School Counselor Colleen Cushing at colleen.cushing@fortplain.org or 518-993-4000, #2129.