Everything You Need to Know About College Financial Aid

CSM to Offer One-on-One Assistance in Completing FAFSA Applications Dec. 4, Jan. 8

You've decided you want to go to college, so the next step is figuring out how to pay for it. The College of Southern Maryland knows the process can involve some major financial decisions, and it can be a stressful time.

CSM Financial Assistance Department counselors are available to help prospective students do everything possible to make a CSM education affordable. The department can provide the latest information on financial assistance, grants, scholarships and payment options.

Two workshops are being planned to offer students and their families one-on-one assistance in filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) application. Any student who is interested in applying for financial aid must compete the FAFSA form.

“Completing and submitting the FAFSA is free and quick, and it gives students access to the largest source of financial aid to pay for college. In addition to determining eligibility for federal financial aid, the FAFSA application is used by the Maryland Higher Education Commission as the application for all of the state's need-based financial aid programs,” said Christian Zimmermann, CSM's director of the Financial Assistance Department.

CSM financial aid experts will provide help to those completing the 2016-17 and 2017-18 FAFSA. The form is the primary application for federal, state and institutional financial aid programs. Workshop attendees need to bring 2015 tax information (W2 forms for parents and student, and federal tax form 1040, 1040A or 1040 EZ) and records of untaxed income, Social Security benefits and child support received or paid.

A workshop will be offered from 1 to 3 p.m. Dec. 4 at the La Plata Campus in the Francis P. Chiaramonte, M.D. Center for Science and Technology (ST) Building, 8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata. Reservations are required. Snow date will be Dec. 11.

A second workshop will be held from noon to 4 p.m. Jan. 8 at the Calvert Library, 850 Costley Way, Prince Frederick. Reservations are required. Snow date will be Jan. 22.

Visit http://www.csmd.edu/calendar/admissions/laplata/2016-12-4-FAFSA-Completion-Workshop to RSVP for either workshop or for more information.

Students who think they might not qualify for financial aid must still complete the FAFSA to apply for scholarships through CSM's Scholarship Finder. The CSM Scholarship Finder for the spring 2017 semester opened Nov. 15 and applications will be accepted through Dec. 17.

CSM provides online tutorials through Financial Aid TV (FATV) for those who want to ensure the best outcome to requests for financial aid. The videos at http://csmd.financialaidtv.com/ provide tips and answer frequently asked questions.

 

Calendar

CSM Scholarship Applications. Through Dec. 17. Through the College of Southern Maryland's Scholarship Finder online system, new and returning students can access and apply for CSM scholarships until Dec. 17 for classes beginning in the spring 2017 semester. Applicants must fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid in order to begin the application process. Visit http://www.csmd.edu/scholarships.

 

CSM FAFSA Workshop. 1-3 p.m. Dec. 4. College of Southern Maryland, La Plata Campus, Francis P. Chiaramonte, M.D. Center for Science and Technology (ST) Building, 8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata. The Financial Assistance Department will provide one-on-one assistance to students and parents as they complete the 2016-17 or 2017-18 Free Application for Federal Student Aid. This form is the primary application for federal, state and institutional financial aid programs. Staff will assist families in completing the application. Students and parents need to bring 2015 tax information (W2 forms for parents and student, and federal tax form 1040, 1040A or 1040 EZ) and records of untaxed income, Social Security benefits and child support received or paid. Snow date Dec. 11. Reservations required. Visit http://www.csmd.edu/calendar/admissions/laplata/2016-12-4-FAFSA-Completion-Workshop.

 

CSM FAFSA Workshop. Noon-4 p.m. Jan. 8. Calvert Library, 850 Costley Way, Prince Frederick. College of Southern Maryland Financial Assistance Department will provide one-on-one assistance to students and parents as they complete the 2017-18 Free Application for Federal Student Aid. This form is the primary application for federal, state and institutional financial aid programs. Staff will assist families in completing the application. Students and parents need to bring 2015 tax information (W2 forms for parents and student, and federal tax form 1040, 1040A or 1040 EZ) and records of untaxed income, Social Security benefits and child support received or paid. Snow date Jan. 22. Reservations required. Visit http://www.csmd.edu/calendar/admissions/laplata/2016-12-4-FAFSA-Completion-Workshop.

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