St. Bonaventure University and Jamestown Community College will host a free workshop to help prospective students and their parents understand the financial aid process.
Students were able to submit their Free Application for Federal Student Aid beginning Oct. 1, three months earlier than the usual Jan. 1 start date. The earlier file date allows families to receive financial aid award letters sooner and decide on a college sooner, according to Troy Martin, director of financial aid at St. Bonaventure.
Even if a student has not yet applied for a school, they can submit a FAFSA, have aid information sent to up to 10 colleges, then apply later using either the common application or the specific school application.
At the workshop, financial aid professionals from both schools will speak about the financial aid process, describe the different types of financial aid and share helpful hints for filling out the FAFSA. There will also be a question and answer period.
The workshop, which is open to the public, will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday at St. Bonaventure's Doyle Hall, 3261 West State Road in the hamlet of St. Bonaventure in the Town of Allegany. No registration is necessary.