Employees in the financial aid office at Spoon River College will present free FAFSA application completion workshops at district high schools during January and February. These workshops are for students, their parents, and any adult learners who are interested in having assistance in filling out the application, including those not planning on attending Spoon River College.

“The 24-25 FAFSA has many updates so it is imperative that students seek assistance if they need it, and I can’t stress enough how important it is to have it completed accurately and on time,” said Nikki Rittenhouse, assistant financial aid director. “We are always happy to help students and families with this important step.”

Filing the FAFSA is also always the first step to take in order to obtain federal and state aid for college, and to apply for scholarships.

The 2024-2025 FAFSA applications will be available by December 31. This is a change from previous years when it was available by October 1. Another change is that every contributor—anyone who’s required to provide information on the FAFSA form—will need a StudentAid.gov account before accessing and completing the application. This includes the student, the student’s spouse, a biological or adoptive parent, or the parent’s spouse.

Attendees can bring their own personal device if they chose, and must bring their 2022 income information (W-2’s or tax returns), as well as any additional untaxed income such as veteran’s benefits, child support (paid or received) and worker’s compensation. They should also bring the names, birth dates, social security numbers, and email address of any contributors. The school code for all locations of Spoon River College is 001643. This code is needed to complete the FAFSA application.

The schedule of visits is as follows:

Macomb High School: January 30, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Rushville High School: January 31, 5-7 p.m.

Astoria High School: February 1, 6-8 p.m.

Havana High School: February 7, 7:30-8:30 p.m.

Canton High School: February 8, 6-7:30 p.m.

Lewistown High School: February 20, 6-7:30 p.m.

Spoon River Valley High School: February 21, 6-7:30 p.m.

VIT High School: February 26, 6:00 p.m.

Cuba High School: February 28, 6-7:30 p.m.

Farmington High School: February 27,  6-7:30 p.m.

For more information, visit www.src.edu and click on the Financial Aid link under the Student Services tab or call (309) 649-7030 in Canton or (309) 833-6073 in Macomb.