Employees in the financial aid office at Spoon River College will present free workshops at district high schools during October. These workshops are for students, their parents, and any adult learners who are interested in learning more about options for paying for college.
Following an overview of the aid programs available, staff will also assist attendees with filling out and filing the 2023-2024 FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).
“Filling out the FAFSA is always the first step to take in order to obtain federal and state aid for college, and also to apply for scholarships,” said Jo Branson, financial aid director at Spoon River College. “I can’t stress enough how important it is to have it completed accurately and on time.”
FAFSA applications can be filed beginning October 1, using 2021 income tax information, rather than waiting until January 1 or after. The school code for all locations of Spoon River is 001643. This code is needed to complete the FAFSA.
Branson noted that information about other financial assistance programs such as funding for veterans, scholarships, student loans, and payment plans will also be presented, and even those not planning on attending Spoon River College are welcome to attend.
The schedule for the high school visits and FAFSA completion workshops is as follows:
October 3 – Farmington High School 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., Information and FAFSA Completion
October 3 – VIT High School 4:30 to 6 p.m., Information and FAFSA Completion
October 5 – Lewistown High School 6 p.m., Information and FAFSA Completion
October 6 – Macomb High School 5:30 p.m., Presentation
October 26 – Macomb High School 5:30 to 7 p.m., FAFSA Completion
October 11 – Cuba High School 5:30 p.m., Information and FAFSA Completion
October 12 – Spoon River Valley High School 6:30 p.m., Information and FAFSA Completion
October 12 – Havana High School hosted at SRC Campus 6 p.m., Information and FAFSA Completion
October 13 – Canton High School 6 p.m., Information and FAFSA Completion
October 20 – Astoria High School 5:30 to 7 p.m., Information and FAFSA Completion
October 27 – Rushville/Industry High School 6 p.m., Information and FAFSA Completion
Attendees who wish to fill out the FAFSA should bring students’ Social Security and driver’s license numbers, 2021 W-2’s, 2021 federal income tax return, parent’s 2021 federal income tax return and W-2s (if required), and any additional untaxed income such as veteran’s benefits, child support (paid or received) and worker’s compensation.
SRC staff who will be attending are Branson, financial aid coordinators Charlie Cox and Nikki Rittenhouse. Gianna Hines, representative from ISAC (Illinois Student Assistance Commission), will also be participating in the Canton High School visit.