Corman Reminds College Students to Apply for Financial Aid

(HARRISBURG) – Senator Jake Corman (R-34) reminds college-bound Pennsylvania students seeking financial aid to file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as soon as possible.

The deadline for submitting the FAFSA to determine eligibility for a Pennsylvania State Grant is May 1, 2008, however, families should submit their FAFSA as early as possible after January 1, 2008 to ensure meeting earlier financial aid deadlines.

The FAFSA is used to determine if students qualify for almost all forms of need-based financial aid, including the Pennsylvania State Grant, federal Pell Grant, many scholarships and institutional awards and low-cost student loans.

Families are encouraged to visit www.pheaa.org/fafsa to access the 2008-09 online FAFSA and a FAFSA on the Web Worksheet to help walk them through the application process step by step. Students may also file online at www.educationplanner.org or www.fafsa.ed.gov.

The U.S. Department of Education (USDE) prefers that students file electronically and it is better for students since it is faster and easier. USDE will only send paper FAFSAs to individuals who personally request a paper form by calling 1-800-443-3243.

CONTACT:
Don Houser
Phone: 717 787-1377
Email: dhouser@pasen.gov