The FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) may no longer be a confusing alphabet soup of letters to college students and their parents who have grown accustomed to the acronym. Still, the process of completing the FAFSA comes with its share of questions. Hiram College’s Financial Aid Office is taking the fear factor out of FAFSA with its FAFSA Fridays. Open to all high school and college students and their families (attendees do not have to be Hiram students or prospective students), the free sessions take place every Friday from 3-5 p.m. (first Fridays of each month feature extended hours from 3-7 p.m.) at Hiram’s Financial Aid Office in the Teachout Price building.
Hiram’s financial aid experts will walk attendees through the FAFSA and answer their questions. Walk-in attendees in need of general assistance are welcome. Those who would like to meet one-on-one with a counselor to discuss a particular Hiram financial aid award can make an appointment by calling 330-569-5107.
“Too many families do not complete the FAFSA because they think they earn too much money to qualify for any aid. I strongly encourage all students to complete the FAFSA and let the school determine whether the student is eligible for aid,” says Linda Shirey, director of financial aid for Hiram College.
Shirey adds that students may qualify for various types of aid in addition to federal grants such as institutional scholarships, subsidized federal loans, or federal work study, to name a few.