Fewer people applying for college financial aid, time running out

Wabash Valley experts say fewer people are going through the process and it means students could be missing out on hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars.

Posted: Apr. 8, 2019 10:20 PM

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) - Fewer students are applying for college financial help and they’re leaving money on the table.

You have one week to file your Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA, so you can qualify college loans, grants and scholarships.

Wabash Valley experts say fewer people are going through the process and it means students could be missing out on hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars.

Julie Wonderlin is the Director of Financial Aid at Ivy Tech Community College in Terre Haute. She says students may qualify for state and federal aid but they will never know until they complete their FAFSA.

"I don't know if they have in their mind, maybe I'm not going to go, I'm not going to be able to afford it and they just don't fill out the application because they think they won't get any money, but until you complete that application, you just don't know what you're eligible for."

She says the process does not have to be hard. It can be done online in about twenty minutes by visiting FAFSA.gov.

Terre Haute South Senior Cassie Montgomery says, "I was qualified for scholarships and everything so I get to go to college pretty much for free."

The application must be in by midnight April 15th.

You can get help applying for aid at various colleges including Ivy Tech. Area high schools are also offering financial aid nights this week for a final push to get people through the process.

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