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
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
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
· Federal PIN application
· New email access
· Adding school codes
· Completing master promissory
· Completing entrance and exit
· 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.
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