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High school students can get college financial aid help at local libraries

High school students wanting to apply for financial aid for college next year can get free drop-in support at several library branches, including nearby Ballard. Trained volunteers will answer questions and offer help with applying for scholarships. Financial aid experts will provide support for filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid and Washington Application for State Financial Aid.

Volunteers will be at the Ballard Library, 5614 22nd Ave. N.W. from 2-4 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 13; the Central Library, 1000 Fourth Ave., Level 4, Boeing Technology Training Center Room 4, from 2:30-5:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 30; and at the Douglass-Truth Library, 2300 E. Yesler Way, from 2-5 p.m. Saturdays, Oct. 29 and Nov. 12.

To fill out the FASFA and WASFA, students should bring the following items:

  • Driver’s license or identification card.
  • Social Security number or Green Card.
  • Income information. This includes bank statements, a W-2 or pay stub, and a past tax return.
  • Additional financial information. This might include child support statements, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) or welfare information, real estate, investments, family business or farm information.

Students who are age 24 or under must also bring a parent or legal guardian with them, along with the following items:

  • One parent or guardian’s Social Security number or Green Card.
  • Parents’ or guardians’ financial information. This includes a copy of their 2015 tax return.
  • Parents’ or guardians’ additional financial information. This might include child support statements, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) or welfare information, real estate, investments, family business or farm information.

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