Individuals who plan to attend college in the 2016-17 academic year and their families can get assistance with the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) forms in February.

From 9 a.m. to noon, on Saturday, Feb. 20, financial specialists and college aid professionals will assist with completing and submitting the forms which are required to be considered for all federal and most state financial aid for college, including scholarships and grants. There are locations in every county in the state, including the Spruce Building at Wayne Community College in Goldsboro.

Pre-registration is strongly encouraged. Contact the College Foundation of North Carolina (CFNC) at (866) 866-2362 or www.CFNC.org/FAFSAday to register for this free program.

To be fully prepared to complete the FAFSA that day, participants should either file their 2014 federal taxes in advance or bring the following items: both the student’s and parents’ federal 1040 tax forms for 2015 (or W-2 forms and other income and asset documents if completed tax forms are not available); the student’s and one parent’s “FSA ID” obtained in advance from the Federal Student Aid website (https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/fafsa/filling-out/fsaid); and a 2016-17 FAFSA on the Web worksheet with as much information entered as possible. The online worksheet is available at www.fafsa.ed.gov.

FAFSA Day is sponsored annually by the N.C. Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators, State Employees’ Credit Union, and College Foundation of North Carolina.

Additional free college planning information is available at the College Foundation of North Carolina website, CFNC.org.  Families can find financial aid videos, college cost estimators, listings of scholarship, grant and loan opportunities, financial literacy materials, career information, virtual tours of the state’s college campuses, and online college admission and financial aid applications.

Wayne Community College is a public, learning-centered institution with an open-door admission policy located in Goldsboro, N.C. As it works to develop a highly skilled and competitive workforce, it serves 14,000 individuals annually as well as businesses, industry, and community organizations with high quality, affordable, accessible learning opportunities, including more than 72 college credit programs.

Wayne Community College’s mission is to meet the educational, training, and cultural needs of the communities it serves.

College Foundation of North Carolina is a free service of the State of North Carolina provided by a partnership of the Department of Public Instruction, the N.C. Community College System, the N.C. Independent Colleges and Universities, the University of North Carolina, College Foundation, Inc., and the N.C. State Education Assistance Authority.

A not-for-profit financial cooperative owned by its members, the State Employees Credit Union has been providing employees of the State of North Carolina and their families with consumer financial services for 77 years. The Credit Union also offers a diversified line of financial advisory services including retirement and education planning, tax preparation, insurance, trusts, estate planning and investments through its partners and affiliated entities. SECU serves nearly 2 million members through 254 branch offices, 1,100 ATMs, 24/7 Contact Centers and a website, www.ncsecu.org.

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