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Calhoun to Host Event Aimed at Assisting Area High School Seniors in College Planning Process

3/31/2014

Calhoun Community College will host two free workshops for area high school seniors needing assistance in the college planning process.  Funded through a $15,000 grant from the Alabama State Department of Education, the “It’s Your Time” workshops will focus on providing information to the students and their parents as they finalize their postsecondary plans. 

A session will be held on Thursday, April 10, 2014, from 9:00 am – 12:45 pm in the Aerospace Training Center at the college’s Decatur campus for students attending high schools in Limestone, Lawrence and Morgan counties.  The workshop for students attending schools located throughout the Madison county area will be held on Thursday, April 24, 2014, from 9 am – 12 noon at Calhoun’s Huntsville campus Student Center.  Light refreshments, sponsored by Redstone Federal Credit Union, will be served to all participants.

“These free workshops are open to all area high school seniors regardless of where they plan to attend college,” said Pauletta Burns, director of Admissions and Records and college registrar at Calhoun.  “Our primary goal is to help students in the financial aid application process as well as to answer questions and help them navigate the road to higher education,” Burns added.

Workshop topics will include college admissions process and procedures; financial aid options and how to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA); choosing a major; placement test information; and much more.  Assistance will be provided for those students who wish to complete the FAFSA for the upcoming academic year.  Students in need of assistance should plan to bring the following in order to complete the FAFSA process: 

  • Student’s Social Security Number ;
  • Parents’ Social Security numbers, birthdate(s) and anniversary date, if the student is a still considered a dependent;
  • Student’s driver’s license number, if they have one;
  • Alien Registration Number if student is not a U.S. citizen;
  • Federal tax information or tax returns including IRS W-2 information, for student (and spouse, if married) and for parents if student is a dependent student:  IRS 1040, 1040A, or 1040EZ;
  • Foreign tax return and/or tax return for Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa, the U.S. Virgin Islands, the Marshall Islands, the Federal States of Micronesia, or Palau, if applicable;
  • Records of any untaxed income, such as child support received, interest income, and veterans non-education benefits, for student, and for parents if student is a dependent student;
  • Information on cash; savings and checking account balances, investments, including stocks and bonds and real estate but not including the home in which student lives; and business and farm assets for student and for parents if student is a dependent student.

“Students should know that the academic year runs fall, spring, and summer. Since the 2014 summer semester is the last semester of the 2013-2014 academic year, if a student will be attending the summer semester immediately following graduation from high school, a 2013-2014 FAFSA will need to be filed using 2012 tax information, and the aid awarded with this application will only be available for the summer semester,” Burns said. 

“The 2014-2015 academic year begins with the 2014 fall semester and requires use of 2013 tax information on the 2014-2015 FAFSA. This aid will be available from fall 2014 through summer 2015,” she added.

For more information on the “It’s Your Time” workshops, call 256-260-2466.

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