California state budget cuts have sent higher education costs soaring in the past few years.
A hands-on workshop at the Gilroy Public Library will help students and their families trim the price tag through the FAFSA (Federal Application for Student Aid).
Led by financial aid advisors from the Mission College Financial Aid Office, the workshop will be held on Feb. 19 from 6 to 8 p.m. in an open house format. It will be offered in both English and Spanish.
The FAFSA can be prepared annually by current and prospective college students (undergraduate and graduate) in the U.S. to determine their eligibility for student financial aid (including the Pell Grant, Federal student loans and Federal Work-Study).
Applicants should bring the following materials along:
• Applicant / Applicant parents’ Social Security number
• Applicant/ Applicant spouse’s or parents’ financial records, which includes forms 1040 (A-EZ) or W-2 (if income tax forms have not been filed yet, previous year’s can be used to estimate), bank statement, and business and investment records
• Applicant driver’s license number
• Applicant Alien Registration number