Parents and students in Triangle get help with applications for student aid

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) — Paying for college is tough – and getting the financial help can be overwhelming.

But it’s time to start thinking about it for next year.

That’s why college financial aid officers and other volunteers gave students and parents a hand on Saturday.

It was “FAFSA Day.”

FAFSA stands for “Free Application For Federal Student Aid.”

Experts say students should fill out the FAFSA form – even if they think they might not qualify – because you never know what money might be available.

Also, many schools require the FAFSA form to qualify for merit-based scholarships and loans.

Saturday’s help filling out and completing that form was available at colleges and universities around the state – including at Durham Tech’s Orange County campus.

“It’s actually been really helpful because I didn’t know what some of the stuff meant. Neither did she (referencing her mother). It’s actually been really helpful to ask questions,” said Sarah Crawford, a senior at Cedar Ridge High School.

If you missed the FAFSA events Saturday, there is another chance to get help at State Employees Credit Union branches between December 5 and 9.

For more information, click here.

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