Students, parents fill out FAFSA as deadline looms

INDIANAPOLIS - It's crunch time for school counselors and students hoping to get financial for college and the March 10 deadline to file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid is right around the corner.

When students fill out a FAFSA, they have the opportunity to be awarded money for college in the form of grants, scholarships and subsidized loans.

ISM College Planning Advisor Bill Wozniak helps families seeking help to understand the financial aid process.

Tatyana Clark and her mom said they attended a Pike High School financial aid seminar where ISM advisors helped fill out the FAFSA form.

"When we first started like we tried to do it on our own. It was difficult. (We wondered) is this right?" Clark said.

Her mom, Judy Lloyd-Clark, said that filling out the FAFSA was a top priority.

"Going through the process and filling out the FAFSA is as important as doing your taxes in my opinion," Lloyd-Clark said.

Wozniak said three things are important when applying for aid: understanding loan options, finding all the free money you can and selecting an appropriate, affordable college option.

If you don't have the FAFSA received by the processor by March 10, the student could lose out on a lot of financial aid opportunities.

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