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Free Application for Federal Student Aid Workshops

Released: 3/4/2014 11:46:26 AM

Workshops to help area students and families complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), a requirement for college students to receive federal or state aid, will be hosted by Burlington County College’s (BCC) financial aid experts every week in March.

“Financial aid, including scholarships, grants, loans and work-study opportunities, enables students and their families to afford college,” said BCC Financial Aid Director Jovina Bermudez. “It is one of the ways to keep education within reach for many students at Burlington County College.

“For many families, applying for financial aid can be complicated. The free workshops allow families to meet face-to-face with our financial aid experts who can help them through the FAFSA process.”

The workshops are open to students, their families and the community. Students do not need to be attending BCC and appointments are not required. Two sessions will be held each day.

  • Saturday, March 8 from 10 a.m. to noon and noon to 2 p.m. Mount Laurel campus, 500 College Circle, Laurel Hall, rooms 303 and 309. 
  • Tuesday, March 11 from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Briggs Road Center, 1000 Briggs Road, Suite 120, Mount Laurel, room 123.
  • Tuesday, March 18 from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. BCC Willingboro Center, 200 Campbell Drive, Suite 210, room 222.  
  • Thursday, March 27 from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. and 7 p.m.to 8:30 p.m. Mount Laurel campus, Laurel Hall, rooms 303 and 309.

The Pemberton campus, 601 Pemberton Browns Mills Road, Financial Aid Office will host “FAFSA Competition Tuesdays,” from March 25 and through April 29. These sessions are also free and open to the community; however, appointments are required. To make an appointment, email financialaid@bcc.edu or call (609) 894-9311 or (856) 222-9311, ext. 1575.

Students and families participating in any of the workshops or sessions will need to bring the following:

  • 2013 Income Information (2013 Tax Return for student and parents, W-2 forms, etc.).
  • Social Security Card (or Social Security Number).
  • Driver’s License.
  • Alien Registration Card (eligible non-citizens).
  • Federal Student Aid PIN (visit pin.ed.gov to apply).

For more information on Financial Aid, please visit www.bcc.edu/financialaid, www.fafsa.ed.gov or www.studentaid.ed.gov.

Students and families are also encouraged to work with their tax preparer to take advantage of education tax credits, like the American Opportunity Credit, which was extended through 2017. Many of those eligible will qualify for the maximum annual credit of $2,500 per student. Additional information on education tax credits, deductions, and savings plans can be found under “Education Credits” at www.irs.gov/Credits-&-Deductions.

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Burlington County College (BCC) has a comprehensive financial aid program that includes scholarships, grants, loans and work-study opportunities to assist students in meeting college costs. Funds come from many sources including state and federal governments, local businesses and industry, and civic organizations. BCC, a comprehensive community college, provides all individuals access to affordable and quality education. For more information, please call (609) 894-9311 or (856) 222-9311 or visit www.bcc.edu.