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Multilingual Students: Get Help with Financial Aid Forms

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Multilingual Students: Get Help with Financial Aid Forms
Posted on 01/12/2015

Filling out financial aid forms for college can be challenging for students and their parents, and even more so for families whose native language is not English. But two events this week – one at Deering High School and one at Portland High School – are designed to help multilingual seniors and their parents fill out the online FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) form.

The Deering High School FAFSA Workshop Night will be Tuesday, Jan. 13, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in rooms 206, 207, 208, 209, 210 and 212 at the high school. That workshop is open to all Deering High School multilingual seniors and their parents.

The Portland High School FAFSA Workshop Night will be held Wednesday, Jan. 14, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in rooms 223, 224, 225, 226 and 227 of the high school. That workshop is open to all Portland High School multilingual seniors and their parents.

For more information on the online FAFSA, go to www.fafsa.ed.gov.

For more information on the workshops, please contact Tim Cronin, Make It Happen! Program Coordinator, at 207-318-9775 or cronit@portlandschools.org.

Here’s what students should bring to the FAFSA workshops:

 1.       Your social security number.

2.        Your driver’s license (if you have one).

3.        Your 2014 W-2 Form and any other records of money earned.

4.        Your parents’ 2014 Federal Income Tax return (if you are a dependent)

5.        Your 2014 untaxed income records (i.e. Social Security, Temporary Assistance for 
Needy Families, Welfare, Veterans Benefits records)

6.        Your current bank statements

7.        Your current business and investment information.

8.        One of the documents below if you are not a U.S. citizen

9. YOUR Portland High School iPad

* If you haven’t completed your 2014 tax return, you can use your 2013 tax return to estimate your income. You will need to update your FAFSA when you have completed your 2014 tax return. It’s easy and you can get help to do so later in the spring.

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