Northwest Missouri State To Hold FAFSA Frenzy Sunday

Northwest Missouri State University is one of more than 183 schools and organizations hosting FAFSA Frenzy activities in 75 Missouri counties this fall to assist future and current college students who are seeking assistance with completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA.

The Northwest event will be 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 21, in the B.D. Owens Library on the University campus. Personnel from Northwest’s financial aid office will be on hand to answer questions and assist students and families with completing the FAFSA online.

Filing a FAFSA is often the first step students must take to apply for financial aid for college. It is the primary form used by federal, state, and institutional financial assistance programs in determining an individual’s eligibility for grants, loans, work-study, and scholarships.

For students applying for enrollment at Northwest, the FAFSA removes other barriers students and their families may encounter when they are required to complete additional applications and helps determine a student’s eligibility for financial assistance and scholarship opportunities such as the American Dream Grant, which covers 100 percent of tuition and fees for eligible students.

“FAFSA Frenzy provides families with a great opportunity to visit individually with a financial aid professional,” Charles Mayfield, Northwest’s director of financial assistance, said. “In addition to helping future Bearcats, Northwest hosts this event annually to assist all students and families in the Maryville and surrounding communities. Students who plan to attend any college or university are encouraged to attend.”

Students may receive assistance at any of the FAFSA Frenzy events throughout the state, no matter where they live, attend school or plan to attend college. The events are open to all students, including high school seniors, current college students and non-traditional students.

The 2019-20 FAFSA is now available, and students who attend FAFSA Frenzy will receive:

  • Free professional assistance completing the 2019-20 FAFSA.
  • Free information regarding federal student aid programs and Missouri state aid programs.
  • A chance to win a scholarship for enrollment in a Missouri postsecondary program in the fall of 2019.

After submitting a FAFSA, a college cost comparison worksheet is available to help students compare college costs and financial aid awards to help make a decision.

To complete the 2019-20 FAFSA, students should bring:

  • Student and parent FSA ID
  • A list of schoolsto which the student has applied, been accepted, or is interested in attending.
  • Student and parent 2017 W-2 forms or tax return copies. Parental information is required for most undergraduate students under the age of 24.

FAFSA Frenzy is sponsored annually by the Missouri Department of Higher Education, in partnership with the Missouri Association of Student Financial Aid Personnel, the Missouri Higher Education Loan Authority and the National College Access Network.

For information about the Northwest event contact the Office of Scholarships and Financial Assistance by calling 660.562.1363 or by email at finaid@nwmissouri.edu. For more information about the FAFSA and a listing of other financial aid events throughout the state, visit https://dhe.mo.gov/ppc/fafsafrenzyresources.php.