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Apply for Financial Aid Now at UW, Wyoming Community Colleges


January 31, 2012 — Admissions and financial aid officers at the University of Wyoming and the state's community colleges are encouraging prospective college students and their families to apply for financial aid now.

Students interested in receiving federal grants, loans or work-study awards for college financial assistance are required to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). UW and the community colleges are offering free information sessions around the state to assist individuals with the application process (see schedule below).

Sessions are designed to help individuals complete the FAFSA. Participants are encouraged to bring their most recent W-2 forms, tax returns (this year or last), asset information and Social Security card.

"Many people don't complete the FAFSA form because they don't think they will get aid. They think they will only get loans or perhaps find it too cumbersome," says Becky Vinzant, assistant to the UW vice president for student affairs. "These workshops are designed to eliminate the challenge of completing a FAFSA. Experts are on hand to walk you through the FAFSA process and help you submit it that day."

Vinzant says students and their families are often unaware that financial aid could help them successfully complete their college education and reduce future financial burden. A recent study shows many students who would have qualified for financial aid did not complete the FAFSA.  About one-third of these students, for example, would have qualified for a partial Pell Grant and about a sixth for a full Pell Grant.

"Submit the FAFSA whether or not you think you will qualify for aid," Vinzant says. "You are sure to get nothing if you don't apply. Each program has its own rules and you may meet the qualifications."

She adds that it is important to complete the FAFSA as soon as possible to meet the priority deadlines at most Wyoming schools.

Application forms for FAFSA are available at www.fafsa.ed.gov. For more information about college financial aid and FAFSA assistance, call the financial aid offices at UW local community colleges at:

-- Casper College, serving Natrona County, (307) 268-2354;

-- Central Wyoming College, serving Fremont, Hot Springs and Teton counties, (307) 855-2274;

-- Eastern Wyoming College, serving Converse, Crook, Goshen, Niobrara, Platte and Weston counties, (307) 532-8224;

-- Gillette College, 1-800-913-9139, ext. 142;

-- Laramie County Community College, serving Albany and Laramie counties, (307) 778-1215;

-- Northwest College, serving Big Horn, Park and Washakie counties, (307) 754-6158;

-- Sheridan College, serving Campbell, Johnson and Sheridan counties, 1-800-913-9139, ext. 2100;

-- University of Wyoming, (307) 766-2116; and

-- Western Wyoming Community College, serving Carbon, Lincoln, Sublette, Sweetwater and Uinta counties, (307) 382-1643.

The schedule for the FAFSA information sessions:

Arapahoe -- March 22, time TBA, at Arapaho Charter High School.

Buffalo -- Feb. 14, from 6-8 p.m. at Buffalo High School.

Burlington -- Feb. 14, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at Burlington High School; and Feb. 21, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m., also at the high school.

Casper -- Feb. 7, at 6 p.m. at the Natrona County Public Library; Feb. 12, from 2-6 p.m. at Kelly Walsh High School cafeteria; Feb. 23, from 4-7 p.m. at Casper College; and Feb. 26, from 2-6 p.m. at Natrona County High School west cafeteria.

Chugwater -- Feb. 12, from 1-3 p.m. at Eastern Wyoming College.

Cody -- Feb. 9, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at Cody High School; and Feb. 28, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., also at the high school.

Cowley -- Feb. 7, at 6:30 p.m. at Rocky Mountain High School.

Dayton -- Feb. 15, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Tongue River High School.

Douglas -- Feb. 12, from 1-3 p.m. at Eastern Wyoming College, Douglas campus.

Dubois -- Feb. 2, from 4-7 p.m. at Dubois High School.

Encampment -- Feb. 6, at 6 p.m. at Encampment High School.

Ethete -- Feb. 10, from 9 a.m.-noon at Wyoming Indian High School; and Feb. 17 from 9 a.m.-noon, also at the high school.

Evanston -- Feb. 12, from 2-4 p.m. at BOCES Center.

Fort Washakie -- April 4, time TBA, at Fort Washakie High School and Learning Center.

Glendo -- Feb. 12, from 1-3 p.m. at Eastern Wyoming College, Douglas campus.

Glenrock -- Feb. 12, from 1-3 p.m. at Eastern Wyoming College, Douglas campus.

Green River -- Feb. 22, at 6:30 p.m. at Green River High School library.

Greybull -- Feb. 14, at 6 p.m. at Greybull High School.

Guernsey -- Feb. 2, at 6 p.m. at Guernsey-Sunrise High School.

Jackson -- Feb. 12, from 1-3 p.m. at Central Wyoming College, Jackson campus, The Center for the Arts.

Kaycee -- Feb. 13, at 6 p.m. at Kaycee High School.

Kemmerer -- Feb. 22, from 6-8 p.m. at Kemmerer High School.

Lander -- Feb. 8, at 10 a.m. at Lander Valley High School; Feb. 9, from 5:30-7 p.m.; and Feb. 21, from 5:30-7 p.m., also at the high school.

Lingle -- Feb. 12, from 1-3 p.m. at Eastern Wyoming College, Torrington campus.

Lovell -- Feb. 13, from 9-3 p.m. at Lovell High School; and Feb. 15, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m., also at the high school.

Moorcroft -- Feb. 6, at 6 p.m. at Moorcroft High School.

Mountain View -- Feb. 6, at 5 p.m. at Mountain View High School.

Pavillion -- Feb. 7, from 6-8 p.m. at Wind River High School.

Powell -- Feb. 16, from 4-6 p.m. at Northwest College, Fagerberg Building, Room 26; and Feb. 23, from 4-7 p.m. at Powell High School library.

Rawlins -- Feb. 12, from 2-4 p.m. at Carbon County Higher Education Center.

Basin -- Feb. 7, from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. at Riverside High School; Feb. 8, at 10 a.m., also at the high school; and Feb. 12, from 1-3 p.m. at Central Wyoming College.

Riverton -- Feb. 7, from 6-8 p.m. at Riverton High School, Room 242; Feb. 12, from 1-3 p.m. at Central Wyoming College; and Feb. 27, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at CWC's Pro-Tech Room.

Rock Springs -- Feb. 13, time TBA, at Rock Springs High School; and Feb. 26, from 1-3:30 p.m. at Western Wyoming Community College, second floor computer lab.

Sheridan -- Feb. 7, from 5-6:30 p.m. at Fort Mackenzie High School; Feb. 19, from 2-4 p.m. at Sheridan High School; and Feb. 26, from 10 a.m.-noon at the Wyoming Girl's School.

St. Stephens -- March 28, time TBA, at St. Stephens School.

Sundance -- Feb. 13, from 5-7:30 p.m. at Sundance High School.

Thermopolis -- Feb. 23, from 6-8 p.m. at Hot Springs County High School.

Torrington -- Feb. 12, from 1-3 p.m. at Eastern Wyoming College.

Wheatland -- Feb. 9, at 6 p.m. at Wheatland High School.

Yoder -- Feb. 12, from 1-3 p.m. at Eastern Wyoming College.

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