SPRINGFIELD, Mo.– Filling out the FAFSA is arguably one of the most important steps in the college prep process, so today financial aid experts at OTC worked with parents and future college students, guiding them through any potential issues.
Kickapoo High School student, Trevor Fox, says filling out the FAFSA, or Free Application for Federal Student Aid, can actually be pretty hard.
“I looked at the form and I didn’t really know what to do,” says Trevor.
And his dad Shannon Fox says it isn’t just his son that gets overwhelmed.
“We got handed all this paperwork and it was like ‘Wow.’… When I went to college I didn’t have to do this,” he says.
But with the help of the financial aid professionals at Ozark Technical Community College’s annual FAFSA Frenzy today, both parent and student can rest a little easier.
“It was very nice to be able to come in here and have the leadership and the stuff already pulled up so it’s a little easier and flows a lot better,” says Shannon Fox.
OTC’s Director of Financial Aid, Kim Cary, says the aid experts don’t just make the process easier, they can also help make the applications more accurate than if it were filled out at home.
“It also helps you, to come here, you get that one on one assistance, and you’re less likely to have errors,” she says.
Cary also says the easy application process isn’t the program’s only perk.
“Everybody that comes to a FAFSA Frenzy Event, they get to sign up for a scholarship opportunity through the Missouri Department of Higher Education. Anybody that’s been to one of these events across the state of Missouri gets to have an opportunity to receive that,” says Cary.
The scholarship is a onetime payment of $500 and with that kind of money, Trevor Fox says he could pay for college necessities like books, and of course, Taco Bell.