For parents with children heading to college in the fall, finding money to fund their education may be stressful. A local library is offering a tool to ease the process.
Springdale Public Library will host a class to help parents and students fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA, form. It is a useful tool that shows the type of financial aid students are eligible for including scholarships, grants, loans and work study by considering both the parents’ and the students’ financial information.
Staff and volunteers from the University of Arkansas, who are trained in how to navigate a FAFSA form, will be at the library to help guide students and parents through the process.
Sarah Loch, the young adult librarian, said the class was formed after several patrons came into the library to work on the application.
“A lot of them would ask us questions about how to fill it out,” Loch said. “But seeing as how we’re not trained in that, we didn’t want to tell them the wrong thing and have them lose their financial aid because of a mistake that we made.”
The class will take place Saturday, January 12 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. It is free to students who are asked to bring 2017 tax returns and a laptop or Chromebook. To register, click here.