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February 7, 2013

Blinn assists families seeking federal student aid

Volunteers can help students acquire scholarships, grants, loans and work study opportunities

The Blinn College – Schulenburg campus will help families obtain financial aid for college during a free event from 2-4 p.m. on Feb. 17.

High school students and their families can meet with financial aid professionals for assistance applying for financial aid using the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

FAFSA is used to determine eligibility for federal and state aid programs such as grants, loans, scholarships and work study. Interested students should bring all 2012 tax information for students and parents, including W-2’s, tax returns, bank statements and PIN numbers. It is best for the student and one of their parents to obtain their FAFSA PIN prior to their arrival at: pin.ed.gov.

The event, now in its fourth year at Blinn – Schulenburg, is sponsored by the non-profit community organization Schulenburg Weimar In Focus Together (SWIFT) and supported by Blinn College and Texas Guaranteed Student Loan Corp. SWIFT, which is supplying volunteers for the event, is a program of the federal government dedicated to community service, especially in the fields of education, public safety, health care and environmental protection.

Help is available to all students interested in pursuing a college education. Blinn’s Schulenburg campus is located at 100 Ranger Drive.

For more information, call SWIFT at 979-743-4600, ext. 02.