Beginning Sunday, Feb. 18 with College Goal Sunday, the University of Arkansas at Monticello’s Financial Aid office initiated Financial Aid Awareness Week. Feb. 18 – Feb. 23, the financial aid office worked with students to complete the financial aid application process.
“We’ve promoted Financial Aid Week in the past with e-mail reminders,” said Becky Hammett, assistant director of financial aid, “but, never to the extent that we did this year. We did something different to draw attention to the importance of financial aid.”
Throughout the week, the financial aid office held different events to inform and assist students with the financial aid process, but also to give students a chance to learn about the office and the staff.
Monday and Thursday, the financial aid staff served refreshments in their office, Harris Hall 300, from 10 a.m. until noon. This provided students with the opportunity to visit the staff and learn more about the financial aid office. Tuesday and Wednesday, some of the staff members greeted students in the lobby of the Fred J. Taylor Library and Technology Center. From 9:30 – 11 a.m., the financial aid staff answered general financial aid questions for students.
According to Maria Daniels, financial aid secretary, about 50 to 60 students stopped by the office to receive assistance with the financial aid application process.
“Everyone usually wants their financial aid,” Daniels said. “So, we don’t have to do too much but, we wanted to do something special and different this year to help.”
Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. and Friday from 8-10 a.m., students could stop by the financial aid office to fill out their 2007-2008 student data form. The staff used the data forms to enter those students in a drawing for two $25 Wal-Mart gift cards. Friday, Feb. 23 at 10 a.m., the staff held a drawing for the winners. Watch for an e-mail from the financial aid office announcing the winners.
The office sent out e-mails all week announcing the events of Financial Aid Week and introducing members of the financial aid staff. The office plans to continue sending e-mails next week to remind students who have not completed their forms.
“I would like to encourage those students who have not already done so to fill out a student data form for 2007-2008,” Hammett said.
According to Hammett, the financial aid office will begin processing applications for 2007-2008 shortly, and students who have already applied for their Free Application for Student Aid should hear from the office in the near future.
Students who have not completed the FAFSA can access the form on the Internet at www.FAFSA.ed.gov. However, students should pay attention to the Web address. Web sites such as www.FAFSA.com charge fees for the application process, whereas the government site provides free services.
Students who have not completed their FAFSA or student data forms can do so until May 1. Located in Harris Hall 300, the financial aid office is open Monday – Friday from 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. For more information call 1-800-226-2643 or 870-460-1050 or visit the financial aid office Web site.
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ŠThe Voice 2006
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