Free help for students applying for post high school financial aid

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) workshops to be held in Snohomish County in January 2013.
Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) workshops to be held in Snohomish County in January 2013.

From an Everett School District news release.

  • Get FREE help applying for college and technical school financial aid.
  • Five FREE workshops offered throughout Snohomish County.
  • Workshop participants entered to win scholarships!

To be considered for federal and state grants, loans and scholarships at most colleges, universities and vocational/technical schools nationwide in 2013, students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Filling out the FAFSA for college and technical school is no easy task. The form is complex and can be imposing. However, students and families can get free, professional help at five workshops offered throughout Snohomish County in January.

The following free workshops are available to anyone seeking post-high school education for 2013-14.

January 7th, 2013
From 6 - 8:30 p.m.
Stanwood High School
7400 272nd Street NW,
Stanwood 98292

January 12th, 2013
From 2 - 5 p.m.
Everett High School
2416 Colby Avenue
Everett 98201

January 17th, 2013
From 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Cascade High School
801 E. Casino Road,
Everett 98203

January 24th, 2013
From 6 - 8:00 p.m.
Everett Community College East Campus
Lake Tye Building - Suite 373,
14090 Fryelands, Boulevard
Monroe 98272

January 26th, 2013
From 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Everett Community College Main Campus
2000 Tower Street
Everett 98201

Students who attend a workshop and complete an event survey will be eligible to win one of 60-$250 college scholarships offered throughout the state from the Northwest Education Loan Association Center for Student Success (NELA).

Because household financial information is a key part of completing the form, prospective students and parents are strongly encouraged to attend the events together. Besides financial records (recent tax forms and/or pay stubs), students should bring their social security number and driver’s license (if available). Even if prospective students do not have all of their paperwork together, they are still encouraged to attend the event to get the process started.

To register, go to

Registration is not required to attend, but allows volunteers to have a better sense of the number of people planning to attend. The website also gives full details about what is needed to complete the FAFSA, as well as helpful tips and other event locations throughout the state.

The workshops are staffed by volunteers and experts to help students and families complete the FAFSA.

The YMCA of Snohomish County is supporting two of the local events, one in Stanwood and the other in Monroe.

Everett Community College will provide financial aid experts to assist at the Everett Community College Main Campus and Monroe/East Campus events.

The Stanwood event will be supported by financial aid experts from the Northwest Alliance for College Access.

Events are also being offered at Everett High School and Cascade High School, with the assistance of United Way of Snohomish County.

Jackson High School held its FAFSA event in December and is encouraging students who missed it to attend one of the other county events. 



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