Free financial aid workshops for high school seniors

High school seniors throughout Central Alabama can attend free workshops to get help filling out the paperwork needed to obtain financial assistance for college. {}The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) workshops will be hosted by Alabama Possible's 'Blueprints College Access Initiative'.

The (FAFSA) is required for students to receive federal and state grants,loans, and scholarships at most two- and four-year institutions. High schoolseniors are invited to work with financial aid counselorsto complete their FAFSA application at the free workshops beingorganized across Central Alabama.

Alabama Possible and Blueprints are partnering with the Alabama State Department of Education,University of Montevallo and Birmingham-Southern College to organize The FAFSA workshops.{}Blueprints is astatewide program that matches current college students with high schoolstudents from low-income families.{}

According to the executive director of Alabama Possible, Kristina Scott, every year tens of thousand of families in Alabama miss the deadline to get the maximum benefits of filing the FAFSA.

"Completing the Free Application forFederal Student Aid{}is the first step in learning about{}student aidthat is available to help finance college expenses,"{}said KristinaScott.

Last year, 100 percent of students whocompleted a FAFSA form at a Blueprints' workshop qualified for PellGrants. According to the U.S. Department of Education, nine out of ten studentswho file a FAFSA attend a two- or four-year college that fall.

Upcoming FAFSA Workshops and Events:

February 19, 2014 - University ofMontevallo - Carmichael LibraryBloch Street,Montevallo4:00 - 6:00 p.m.

February 25, 2014 - Birmingham SouthernCollege - BSC Library - Electronic Classroom900 Arkadelphia Road4:30 - 7:00 p.m.