Lake Land College will soon hold Financial Aid Nights throughout the various communities in the Lake Land College district.
At the events, Lake Land’s Financial Aid staff will present information on important changes to the 2017-2018 application process, including information on state, federal, institutional and local financial aid programs. Important changes to the FAFSA process include both the date and the tax information that is used. This year, the FAFSA will be available Oct. 1.
Parents, high school seniors or anyone planning to attend Lake Land or any two- or four-year college during the 2017-2018 school year are encouraged to attend.
“It is essential that students complete the FAFSA as soon as possible. Many states and schools award financial aid on a first-come, first-served basis. Completing the FAFSA early will ensure you are in the applicant pool for any awards for which you qualify,” Paula Carpenter, director of financial aid and veteran services said.
Completing the FAFSA will also be easier this year as parents and students can use tax information they already have handy. This change means they will not have to use estimates anymore, or log in later to update the FAFSA after taxes are filed.
“We will provide information about scholarships and grants that are available,” said Danielle Downs, advisor for Lake Land College financial aid and veteran services. “We will also walk them through the steps of filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid.”
The list of Financial Aid Nights is as follows and all events will take place at the high school, unless otherwise noted:
Monday, Sept. 12, 2016 Mattoon High School 6 p.m.
Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2016 Kansas High School 6 p.m.
Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2016 Brownstown High School 6 p.m.
Thursday, Sept. 15, 2016 Marshall High School 6 p.m.
Monday, Sept. 19, 2016 Casey-Westfield High School 6 p.m.
Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2016 Cumberland High School 6 p.m.
Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016 Sullivan High School 6 p.m.
Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016 Newton High School 6 p.m.
Monday, Sept. 26, 2016 Charleston High School 6:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2016 Oakland High School 6:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2016 South Central High School 6 p.m.
Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016 St. Elmo High School 6 p.m.
Monday, Oct. 3, 2016 Paris High School 6 p.m.
Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2016 Ramsey High School 6 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2016 Shelbyville High School 6 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 6, 2016 Teutopolis High School 6 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2016 Windsor High School 6 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 13, 2016 Neoga High School 6 p.m.
Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2016 Okaw Valley High School 6 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016 Cowden-Herrick High School 6 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016 Effingham High School 6 p.m.
Monday, Oct. 24, 2016 Altamont High School 6 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2016 St. Anthony High School 6:30 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 3, 2016 Arthur-Lovington-Atwood 6 p.m.
For more information, contact the Lake Land College Financial Aid office at 217-234-5231. To see a complete list of the regional Financial Aid Nights visit lakelandcollege.edu/financialaid.