FAFSA applications being accepted

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Reese Melton, son of LA Principal Richard Melton, and Ivy Winningham, daughter of Director of Schools Dr. Mark Winningham, begin the process of completing the FAFSA application.

October marks the start of FAFSA season and Livingston Academy is ready to help students and families through the application.

The U.S. Department of Education awards more than $120 billion in federal student aid per year, making FAFSA the most important financial aid application for college students in the United States. In addition to need based grants, all Tennessee programs, such as HOPE and TN Promise, require FAFSA completion. Even scholarships require FAFSA completion.

To kick off FAFSA season, Livingston Academy Principal Richard Melton and Overton County Director of Schools Dr. Mark Winningham and their children, Reese Melton and Ivy Winningham, who are seniors at LA, met with GEAR UP Coordinator Vanessa Farris to learn how to complete FAFSA. Livingston Academy is urging all parents of seniors to assist their seniors with completing FAFSA during the month of October.

For most students, financial aid and scholarships are necessities; some panic at the thought of completing FAFSA. GEAR UP, with support from local colleges and Tennessee Student Assistance Corp, will be offering several FAFSA Help Sessions through the month of October.

According to Farris, parents can bring information in and meet with a financial aid officer who will help them complete FAFSA. TSAC, TTU, Volunteer State, and TCAT all will be sending financial aid experts to LA several days throughout October to assist parents and seniors in completing FAFSA. Dates scheduled are:

TTU: Thursday, Oct. 3

TSAC: Tuesday, Oct. 8

Vol State: Thursday, Oct. 24

TCAT: Thursday, Oct. 24 and Monday, Oct. 28

Vol State will also have FAFSA help available at its Livingston Vol State Campus Wednesday, Oct. 16.

Parents and students can select a time on any of these dates to receive help completing FAFSA.

“It doesn’t matter where you plan to go, these experts want to help all LA seniors complete the FAFSA process for the first time,” said Farris.

October has been designated as FAFSA Frenzy month across the state of Tennessee. Officials would like to remind everyone that completing FAFSA is FREE. To complete the FAFSA, visit www.fafsa.ed.gov. You may also complete FAFSA using a mobile app on a smartphone. Just go to the app store and search for myStudentAid, a free app that will allow students to complete FAFSA on their own phone.

Anyone needing FAFSA help or wanting to schedule one of the sessions at LA should contact Farris to set up an appointment.