FAFSA Friday events offer free assistance with college financial aid forms | ECTC

FAFSA Friday events offer free assistance with college financial aid forms

Published on Sep 23, 2021

Elizabethtown Community and Technical College will host FAFSA Friday sessions throughout October to help students and families complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Free assistance is available to current college students and those who will begin college by the fall of 2022 regardless of where they plan to attend college.

The first FAFSA Friday session is 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 1 — the day the 2022-23 FAFSA opens —  in room 207 and 209 of the Regional Postsecondary Center (RPC) on the Elizabethtown campus. Sessions also will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 8, 15, 22 and 29 in the ECTC Financial Aid Office, RPC, room 105. Participants should sign up online in advance.

The FAFSA is the first step to affordable or even free college as it allows students access to federal and state grants, federal student loans, scholarships and work study programs.

“Everyone planning to attend college should complete the FAFSA,” said ECTC Financial Aid Director Michael Barlow. “Many students don’t complete the FAFSA because they don’t think they’ll qualify for grants such as the federal Pell grant, but the FAFSA is commonly required for scholarships, too.”

Those scholarships include ECTC scholarships as well as the Work Ready Kentucky Scholarship, which could make college tuition-free for students pursuing high-demand career fields in healthcare, advanced manufacturing, business and information technology, construction and trades, and transportation and logistics.

FAFSA Friday events are a helpful option for current college students, high school seniors and adults who starting or returning to college, Barlow said.

“If you’re ready to go to college, we’re here to help you learn more about how you can afford it,” he said.

FAFSA Friday attendees should bring their 2020 taxes, social security card and, if a dependent, their parents’ 2020 taxes.

For more information or to connect with ECTC’s financial aid office, email ElizabethtownFinancialAidOffice@kctcs.edu.