Participation in FAFSA Events Could Yield Scholarships

Students who participate in free “FAFSA Frenzy” events have a chance to win one of four $1,000 scholarships.

The FAFSA is a Free Application for Federal Student Aid, the first step all students must take to obtain financial assistance to attend college.

FAFSA Frenzy events help students and their parents submit accurate financial information that is used to determine student eligibility for need-based student aid. State and federal governments and all colleges and universities consider the FAFSA when awarding need-based student financial aid.

Missouri students are encouraged to complete the FAFSA as early as possible, but no later than April 1 for timely consideration for financial aid. Students and families do not need to have filed their federal income taxes for 2010 in order to participate in a FAFSA Frenzy event or to complete the FAFSA.

FAFSA Frenzy will take place at 33 sites Feb. 13 and 22 sites on various dates and times during February and March.

The FAFSA Frenzy in Kirksville will take from place 2-4 p.m. Feb. 13 at the Kirksville Higher Education Center at 2105 E. Normal.

For information on other FAFSA Frenzy events, go to The Missouri Association of Student Financial Aid Personnel’s Show-Me to College events calendar at allows people to search for events by county, city, date or other criteria. Sites will also be published in the February and March issues of the MDHE’s electronic newsletter, the Monthly Student Reminder.

Participants are asked to bring: 2010 W-2 forms; copies of 2010 tax forms, or any year-end pay stubs; statements of interest earned in 2010; 2009 tax forms; 1099 forms; any other forms required to complete taxes; and student PIN and parent PIN which can be obtained at

Students who attend an event will be entered into a drawing to win one of four $1,000 scholarships. All students receive gift bags with information for planning and paying for college.

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