Wondering how much financial help your child is eligible for before college? All you need to know about the FAFSA

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October 31 2021 11:59 pm

MARSHALL COUNTY, W.Va. (WTRF)-If you’re sending your children off to college but could use some financial help, listen up!

The FAFSA application has just opened. It’s a free application for federal student aid, but what you might not realize is: Just about anyone can apply for it, so long as they’re planning on going to post-secondary education, whether that be technical school, or even two-years or four-years of college.

“As an adult, a high school student, anybody is eligible to apply for the FAFSA. If you’re thinking about attending college, two years or four year college, it doesn’t matter, go ahead and fill that out, and it will kinda show you what you are eligible for.”

Chelsea Eikleberry, John Marshall high school counselor

And here’s how it works. The student going off to college would put down all their college choices on the application, and within about a months-time, the student aid report should come in. That report will break down the amount of financial help, scholarship or even grant money your child may qualify for.

The FAFSA application just opened up, but John Marshall High School counselor Chelsea Eikleberry says the sooner you apply, the better.

“There are federal funds and state funds, and the sooner you fill that out, the more chances you are gonna get to those funds. If you wait until the last minute or the end of your senior year to apply, some of those funds may already be reserved for students.”

Chelsea Eikleberry, John Marshall high school counselor

Eikleberry says Fall is a good time to apply, but the deadline isn’t until March 1st.

Just go to StudentAid.gov to apply.

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