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The sooner the better when signing up for financial aid


Last week, it was Super Bowl Sunday.

This week it's College Goal Sunday.

College-bound students came to Owens Community College on Sunday to learn an important lesson on how to properly file their FAFSA.

FAFSA stands for 'Free Application for Federal Student Aid.'

Penta Career Center student Chentel Parks came with her mom Rhonda Brown.

Chentel plans to become a vet technician.

"Because I've always loved working with animals and I work with animals now and I love learning about them," said Chentel.

Receiving financial aid will be a big relief to Rhonda because of high tuition.

"In her field, it's about $23,000 a year," said Rhonda.

Students learn to navigate the ins and outs of FAFSA and how best to land that scholarship, grant or loan with the help of counselors.

The earlier you apply, the better your chances of pocketing some money.

"There are a lot of scholarship deadlines that are coming up soon. FAFSA is tied to some of those scholarships in determining how much you're going to get," said Ashley Foster of Owens Community College.

Another tip is to get everything done on-line.

Students and parents need to sign-up for a government issued pin number to get the ball rolling.

"The pin number is an electronic signature that the student and parent will have assigned to them that is something they need to create as part of the financial aid process," said Ms. Foster.

Finally, if you're a student and confused about FAFSA, contact you're high school counselor or visit the FAFSA website.

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