LEWISTON — The Finance Authority of Maine is offering free workshops in Auburn, Wales, Poland and other locations for parents and students to help complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA forms.

The workshops started in Guilford on Friday and will continue through Feb. 14. All locations will use computer labs, allowing participants to access and, in many cases, complete the FAFSA online during the seminar. Line-by-line assistance will be provided by financial aid professionals from Maine colleges and universities. All attendees are encouraged to bring recent tax information or estimates. Residents of all ages who are interested in college or post secondary education should consider attending.

FAFSA forms are required by most educational institutions for financial aid consideration.

 “FAME is pleased to be offering Maine families and students more convenient options for completing this important first step to get financial assistance to pursue higher education,” FAME Chief Executive Officer Beth Bordowitz said in a statement. She noted that less than 40 percent of Maine’s graduating high school seniors file the FAFSA form by May 1, the deadline for many state education grants. 

“Many financial aid applicants are filing too late for grants, loans and scholarships,” Bordowitz said. “FAME wants to encourage earlier applications so Maine families and students can take full advantage of all available resources.”
 
Financial assistance can come from a variety of resources, including grants, scholarships, federal student loans and work-study jobs. Application deadlines vary at each school. Students are urged to contact schools directly about filing deadlines.

To learn more about the program and locations, visit http://www.collegegoalsundaymaine.com/ or call FAME at 1-800-228-3734.

Free local FAME workshops will be held:

Auburn: Thursday, Feb. 3, 4 to 6 p.m., Edward Little High School

Wales: Monday, Feb. 7, 6 to 8 p.m., Oak Hill High School

Poland: Wednesday, Feb. 9, 3 to 5 p.m., Poland Regional High School

You do not have to be a student attending one of these schools to attend. These are regional workshops open to anyone who needs help with FAFSA forms.


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