FAFSA Lab Provides Financial Aid Resources for Students

Article by: Janet Paulson

OREGON CITY - When Clackamas Community College surveyed the community and students in 2013, finances emerged as the single greatest barrier to college for both new and returning students. In response, the college is taking steps to provide greater support to students as they work through the complex financial aid process.

CCC is launching a FAFSA Lab, designed to offer a hands-on environment to help current and prospective students, as well as members of the community, navigate the financial aid and scholarship process. FAFSA is the acronym for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Completing the FAFSA application is the first step in securing federal financial aid, grants, work study and student loans.

Research indicates that there are a variety of factors that can create serious obstacles for community college students beginning the financial aid process. These include technology barriers, lack of information and cultural differences.

"Students who have the greatest need for financial aid are less likely to successfully complete the process," said Tara Sprehe, associate dean for student and enrollment services at CCC. If you are a first generation college student, low income or returning to college after 20 years, understanding and applying for financial aid can be daunting.

"We want to demystify and remove those barriers," said Sprehe. "We want to offer the space and staff to help people complete the steps to receiving financial assistance and find success in college."

The FAFSA Lab at CCC will offer one-on-one advising for anyone in Clackamas County, not just CCC students. Services provided at the lab include:

·      New FAFSA applications or renewals

·      Federal PIN application

·      New email access

·      Adding school codes

·      Completing master promissory note (MNP)

·      Completing entrance and exit counseling

·      Accessing and completing financial aid documents

·      General advising about financial aid and scholarships

The FAFSA Lab is located in Roger Rook 103. It is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

For more information, contact finaid@clackamas.edu or call 503-594-6100.

 

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