It is an especially exciting time for us here at Federal Student Aid because February is Financial Aid Awareness Month. With many state financial aid deadlines approaching, now is a great time to complete that FAFSA you’ve been putting off.
To help answer your financial aid questions, Cathy Simoneaux (@loynofinaid), The Director of the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid at Loyola University New Orleans, will host this month’s #AskFAFSA Office Hours on Twitter. She may be off celebrating Mardi Gras now, but on February 29th at 6pm EST, you’ll have her undivided attention as she joins @FAFSA on Twitter to answer your toughest financial aid questions.
Here’s how it works:
- Follow @FAFSA and @loynofinaid for financial aid information and tips
- Ask your questions now and during the live event on Twitter using the hashtag #AskFAFSA.
- Sample tweet: “How do I apply for a Pell Grant? #AskFAFSA”
- On February 29th at 6pm EST, follow the Q&A live through the @FAFSA & @loynofinaid Twitter accounts
- Can’t make the live session? A summary of the live chat, including the full Q&A, will be posted on the ED.gov blog following the event.
The FAFSA is the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. It’s the form to fill out in order to apply for student grants, work-study, and loans. To receive federal student aid for the 2012-13 school year, you must complete the 2012-13 FAFSA at www.fafsa.gov. Some financial aid is first-come, first-served, so we encourage all potential and returning students to complete the FAFSA as soon as possible. Since our last #AskFAFSA Office Hours, we have launched the IRS Data Retrieval Tool which allows you to transfer your tax information directly from the IRS into your FAFSA, making the form easier than ever to complete.
We know the financial aid office can be busy at this time of year, so skip the line by joining us on Twitter, February 29th at 6pm EST. Remember, you can complete the FAFSA online today at www.fafsa.gov.
Federal Student Aid New Media Team