MCSD hosts FAFSA Pilot Program

By Taylor Barnhill  - bio | email

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -  With high school graduation just three months away many families are scrambling to get enough cash together to send their kids off to college.

One of the most popular ways to find money is by filling out a Free Application for Federal Student Aid -- or FAFSA form.

In this week's Be There, News Leader Nine found out how the Muscogee County School District is helping families fill one out.

From the Muscogee County School District:

Need cash for college?  Get started by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form.  The Muscogee County School District is one of 20 educational organizations in the United States and the only school district in Georgia participating in the FAFSA Completion Pilot Project.  The goal is to help educate more parents and students on how to complete the FAFSA application to qualify for money to help pay for college.  As a FAFSA Completion Pilot Project participant, high school counselors in the Muscogee County School District will be able to track the number of students who successfully complete the FAFSA.  Another benefit is the flag feature, which alerts high school counselors of non-completed applications and the specific reason why a student's application is incomplete.   After receiving this alert, the counselor can notify the parent and child to address what is needed to complete the application, and help encourage more students to seek a college degree.

Plus, high school juniors, seniors, and parents are invited to attend the hands-on Cash for College FAFSA completion session on Wednesday, February 16, 2011, 5:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. at the Rigdon Road Elementary Computer Lab, 1320 Rigdon Road. Participants will get step-by-step assistance to complete the form on-line. Make plans to attend now by applying for a PIN number at . You will also need an active e-mail account. Seats are limited, so be on time to register at 5:00 p.m.

For more info, call the Muscogee County School District, Director of Communications, Valerie Fuller, 706-748-2034 or Dr. Dr. Betty McBride at 706-748-2226, or find info at .

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