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UWF to host free Form Your Future financial aid event

The University of West Florida Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships and Office of Undergraduate Admissions will host “Form Your Future,” a free event open to any student or parent who needs assistance completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, known as FAFSA. The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Nov. 18 in the College of Business Atrium, located in Building 76A on the second floor.

The event will be held the same day as Explore UWF, where high school juniors and seniors meet with professors and experience the campus firsthand. In addition to touring UWF facilities and meeting with representatives from across campus, students and parents will have the opportunity for a financial aid administrator to review each line of the FAFSA and answer specific questions.

“Students attending Explore UWF have the ability to speak with faculty from various academic programs, enjoy dining and campus life and speak one-on-one with staff regarding the admissions process,” said Kyree Whitehead, associate director of undergraduate admissions. “Collaborating with the financial aid and scholarships office to host ‘Form Your Future’ extends another level of service to our visitors and makes them excited about attending UWF,” he said.

More than 65 percent of UWF students receive some form of financial assistance, including more than $99 million in grants, scholarships or loan assistance. The “Form Your Future” campaign is a national effort to ensure that all students have access to free FAFSA application assistance.

“Submitting the FAFSA is the first and most important step in receiving financial aid for college, and that is why UWF is excited to be selected as a ‘Form Your Future’ host site for the fourth year in a row,” said Shana Gore, director of financial aid and scholarships. “We strive to reduce financial barriers so our students are able to achieve their goals, and participating in this event is one way we do that.”

Attendees seeking assistance with their FAFSA need to bring the following documents:

  • Social Security Number
  • Driver’s license (if any)
  • Alien Registration or Permanent Resident Card (if not a U.S. citizen)
  • W-2 tax forms and other records of money earned
  • Federal income tax return for 2016 (if not completed yet, bring 2015 return)
  • Foreign tax return (if any)
  • Untaxed income records (such as child support received and untaxed pensions)
  • Bank statements
  • Other investment records

Students who participate in the event will be eligible for one of three $500 UWF scholarships.

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