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College financial aid officers and other volunteers will be ready to help students and families

If you're going to college in the 2017-18 academic year and need help completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), Oct. 29 is the day for you.

The College Foundation of North Carolina, the North Carolina Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators, and State Employees' Credit Union are offering free programs to help you complete and submit a FAFSA.

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College financial aid officers and other volunteers will be ready to help students and families complete the FAFSA on Saturday, Oct. 29, 2016. Help with FAFSA completion also will be available December 5 - 9, 2016 at State Employees' Credit Union branches.

To register for FAFSA Day or find FAFSA completion services at a nearby college campus, click on one of the blue counties on the map here.

Important Notes on Preparing for either October or December FAFSA Completion:

Prior to the event, each student and one parent should apply for a FSA ID at Fsaid.ed.gov. Make sure to keep a record of the parent's and student's email addresses, their answers to the security questions, and both FSA IDs in a secure place. You'll need that information to sign the FAFSA.

Completing the 2017-18 FAFSA on the Web Worksheet in advance will help you get familiar with what's on the electronic version you'll be completing and submitting.

The worksheet is available here.

The day of the event, you'll need to bring information from your 2015 tax filing. With that in hand, most families will be able to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool in the income/asset section of the FAFSA.

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