Joplin, MO (SNS) – College-bound freshmen are invited to attend FAFSA Frenzy from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, March 8, in Billingsly Student Center’s third-floor Connor Ballroom at Missouri Southern State University.

Financial aid volunteers from Missouri Southern will be available to help process the 2015-16 Free Application for Federal Student Aid.

“We invite high-school seniors to come and get free financial aid counseling and help with the FAFSA,” said Becca Diskin, Missouri Southern’s financial aid director. “Financial aid professionals will be there to answer questions about FAFSA and the college admission process.”

The priority deadline for financial aid is April 1, and Diskin said students can benefit by completing the application as soon as possible.

“We want everyone to fill out their FAFSA early to get the most money they can,” she said.

Those who attend will be entered into a statewide drawing among all FAFSA Frenzy participants for 16 $500 scholarships.

Families should plan to bring their 2014 income tax returns and/0r 2014 W-2 forms, or their 2014 year-end pay stubs and 2013 income tax returns. For those unable to attend the event, students and parents may receive free assistance in from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday in Missouri Southern’s Financial Aid office, located in Room 109 of Hearnes Hall.

FAFSA Frenzy is a program of College Goal Sunday, which is offered in Missouri through partnerships between the Missouri Department of Higher Education, the Missouri Association of Student Financial Aid Personnel, the Missouri Higher Education Loan Authority and USA Funds. For more information, visit www.dhe.mo.gov.

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