Nov 26, 2010

Learn FAFSA Essentials from the Pros

The National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) offers a number of wonderful free resources designed to support students and their families throughout the college admissions process. Most familiar are the NACAC college fairs, but the Arlington-based membership organization also sponsors research, surveys, and studies related to college admissions or the concerns of college-bound students.

For the past several years, NACAC has begun collaborating with experts to present a series of “webinars” targeted to students and their parents as well as to counselors or anyone interested in colleges or the admissions process.

For those new to this technology, a webinar is a seminar conducted over the internet. A key feature is the ability to give, receive, and discuss information. This is as opposed to a webcast which does not permit interaction between presenter and audience.

Next month, NACAC is conducting a webinar in conjunction with the folks who bring you the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Cindy Forbes Cameron, who works in the Federal Student Aid Office of Awareness and Outreach, will be offering the “nuts and bolts” of federal aid to anyone wanting to learn more about FAFSA eligibility or how to complete and submit the application.

The FREE webinar is scheduled for Wednesday, December 8 at 2:00 p.m. Eastern/11:00 a.m. Pacific. Among the topics to be discussed will be:

• Steps to take before applying for federal student aid
• Strategies and deadlines in the application process
• Expectations after applying
• An overview of program and application changes for 2011
• Resources for counselors, students, and families
• Frequently asked questions

Cindy Forbes Cameron is without doubt the best in the business. Very few “experts” have as much in-depth knowledge of the history and content of the FAFSA. In fact, I’ve never seen her stumped by even the most obscure question. You couldn’t pay for a better opportunity to learn more about the federal financial aid program and get answers to your questions.

To attend the webinar, simply complete a registration form available on the NACAC website. If you’re working, in school, or otherwise cannot attend, note that the webinar will be recorded and made available for download shortly after airing. By registering, you will have the link to access the recording session as soon as it is available.

This is a great opportunity for veterans of the process as well as those new to FAFSA. Don’t miss it.

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