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Seattle Public Library offering college financial aid help at two branches this fall

October 10th, 2017 by Doree

The Seattle Public Library is offering free drop-in help to navigate college financial aid at two branches in October and November.

Trained volunteers will help students apply for scholarships, and financial aid experts provide support for filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and Washington Application for State Financial Aid (WASFA).

The closest location to our neighborhood is the Northgate Library, 10548 5th Ave. NE. Drop-in help is available from 2-5 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 14 and Nov. 18, and Sunday Oct. 15.

Help also will be available at the Southwest Library, 9010 35th Ave. SW, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 4.

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 2016 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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High school students can get college financial aid help at local libraries

October 24th, 2016 by Doree

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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Tomorrow is deadline for qualified 8th graders to sign up for College Bound Scholarships

June 29th, 2011 by Doree

Tomorrow is the deadline for Washington state’s free college tuition program called College Bound Scholarship, which covers tuition and a stipend for low-income students who sign a pledge by June 30 of their 8th grade year. Students promise to graduate from high school, demonstrate good citizenship, and seek admission to a college or university.

From the press release:

Once the date passes, youth who are currently in eighth grade won’t get another shot at this opportunity. Remember, to sign up you just have to be a 7th or 8th grade student who is part of the federal free and reduced lunch program, maintain a 2.0 grade point average and refrain from committing a felony during high school.

Even if you don’t have a child who qualifies, you probably know someone who does. Please share the above information and the following link as widely as possible. Students may apply for the College Bound Scholarship online at http://hecb.wa.gov/collegebound

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