“Students should complete the FAFSA by March 1, to get at the front of the line for funding, even if they’re not sure what kind of college or career training they want to pursue after high school,” said Bryan Taylor, president of EduGuide, the nonprofit leader of the program. “Many students are surprised to find out that they qualify for thousands of dollars in aid, and they can decide later whether to use it; but if they wait, they may not get much.”
The program helped Michigan become first in the nation during the last decade at increasing the percentage of low-income students applying for financial aid.
To celebrate, students who attend will have the opportunity to compete for a $1,000 scholarship, an iPad mini and other awards.
At MI College Goal events, financial aid experts will be available to guide students and their parents through each step of completing and filing the FAFSA.
Students younger than 23 are encouraged to attend with a parent or guardian. Parents and students should bring their completed 2012 Federal tax return (1040) if possible, or their W-2 and 1099 forms.