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FAFSA Free for All event to provide financial aid application assistance

Virginia Western Community College will provide free assistance for students applying for financial aid for the 2019-20 academic year as part of its FAFSA Free for All initiative. Financial aid representatives from area colleges will be on hand to answer questions and help students complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to any college or university.

WHAT:   FAFSA Free for All

WHY:      Get the assistance you need to complete the 2019-20 FAFSA

WHERE:  Webber Hall 3rd Floor, Virginia Western Community College

WHEN:   Walk-in hours from 9 a.m-1 p.m. on Oct. 20, 2018; Nov. 17, 2018; Dec. 8, 2018 and Jan. 19, 2019

If possible, attendees should bring the following to the event:

  • Student and parent FSA ID and password – create these at www.fsaid.ed.gov prior to attending and save time
  • Social Security number (parent and student)
  • Alien Registration number (if not a U.S. citizen)
  • Driver’s license (if applicable)
  • Completed 2017 federal tax returns
  • Bank and investment statements (if applicable)
  • W-2 forms and any non-taxable income documentation received in 2017 (You may be able to transfer your federal tax return information into your FAFSA using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool)

Parents of dependent students are strongly encouraged to attend this event because a parent’s information is required on all dependent students’ FAFSA forms.

Virginia Western enrollment for Spring Semester 2019, which begins Jan. 14, 2019, will be open to the public on Nov. 12, 2018. Prospective and returning students can view class schedules and enroll online at www.virginiawestern.edu.

FAFSA Free for All is open to the public and no appointment is needed. Take this important step and start one step ahead! For directions to campus and parking information, visit: www.virginiawestern.edu/about/visitvwcc. For answers to frequently asked financial aid questions, visit: https://mysupport.virginiawestern.edu/sims/helpcenter/common/layout/SelfHelpHome.seam?inst_name=vccs-virginiawestern.

Join us for CCAP Info Sessions

Parents and students interested in learning more about Virginia Western’s Community College Access Program (CCAP) are invited to attend any of the public information sessions planned in October through January 2019. The 2019 CCAP application period opens Oct. 1, 2018, and closes Feb. 1, 2019.

Administrators from the Virginia Western Community College Educational Foundation and Office of Financial Aid will be on hand to answer questions about CCAP, which provides up to three years of tuition for Roanoke Valley high school graduates who meet program requirements.

The following meetings will be held in the Fralin Center for Health Professions’ Multipurpose Meeting Room 208/210 on the campus of Virginia Western, 3095 Colonial Ave., in Roanoke. (For a map and parking information, see www.virginiawestern.edu/about.)

CCAP Informational Session Dates:

  • Oct. 9, 2018 – 6:30 to 8 p.m.
  • Nov. 13, 2018 – 6:30 to 8 p.m.
  • Dec. 6, 2018 – 6:30 to 8 p.m.
  • Jan. 17, 2018 – 6:30 to 8 p.m.

On October 29, 2018, CCAP representatives also will be present at 6:30 p.m. at the Greenfield Education & Training Center in Botetourt County.

The Virginia Western Educational Foundation, a nonprofit affiliated with Virginia Western Community College, raises support for CCAP through a public/private funding partnership. Since 2008, more than 2,500 Roanoke Valley students have participated in the program.

For more information about CCAP, see www.virginiawestern.edu/ccap or contact Carolyn Payne, CCAP Coordinator: (540) 857-7544 or cpayne@virginiawestern.edu.

Supporting CCAP’s Future:

The Virginia Western Community College Educational Foundation has embarked on a fundraising campaign to support the evolution of its transformative Community College Access Program.  Program enhancements include part-time eligibility, three years for completion, and the inclusion of the acquisition of industry recognized certificates and credentials.

For more information about how you can join the localities, businesses, foundations, alumni, parents and friends that make college possible, contact Amanda Mansfield, Philanthropy Director: (540) 857-6962, amansfield@virginiawestern.edu.