The University of Texas-Pan American Student Financial Services wants to make sure Rio Grande Valley students thinking of coming to college or already in college take the time to fill out their 2004-2005 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) forms for the chance to be awarded money that many times goes unclaimed.
"Mainly what we are trying to do is get students to fill out their applications early so they can have a better chance of receiving grants," said William Morley, event organizer and UTPA college work study coordinator. "Students need to apply early because there is so much money out there that goes unclaimed because nobody applies."
The event offered a wealth of information to Valley high school and UTPA students new to the financial aid process, and those returning students as well.
Student Financial Services representatives were also on hand to help students and parents fill out FAFSA forms in their makeshift assistance labs.
Also on hand were Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) representatives who assisted individuals in filling out their 1040A and 1040EZ federal tax returns.
The fair will continue from 5-7 p.m. today for students who were not able to attend the earlier session.
The UTPA Student Financial Services office provides eligible students with access to federal, state and local financial assistance programs including grants, loans, work study, and scholarships.
For more information on how to apply for financial aid at UTPA log on to www.panam.edu/finaid, call Student Financial Services at 956/381-2501 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org