11th Annual UTPA Financial Aid Fair set for March 6
By Melissa Vasquez, Senior Editor
Posted: 02/17/2003
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Get ready to go back in time at The University of Texas-Pan American’s 11th Annual Financial Aid Fair Thursday, March 6 as the event celebrates the University’s 75th anniversary and educates the public on applying for financial aid. Two sessions will be available at 9 a.m.- 2 p.m. and 5-7 p.m. at the UTPA Student Union Lobby.

The fair sponsored by the Student Financial Services will feature volunteers and participants dressed in a variety of costumes representing the decades of the University’s rich history, from the 30s-70s.

Event organizer and work-study coordinator William Morley said this year’s fair is a fun event for parents and students who are new to the financial aid process.

"All of our past fairs have had a central theme to help break the monotony associated with filling out forms," Morley said. "We want students and parents (as well as our participants) to have fun and not be intimidated by the process of applying for financial aid. We're there to do a serious job, to help students find the financial resources needed to attend college, but we can help everyone involved have some fun as well."

During the fair, Student Financial Services staff will be available to help students fill out their 2003-2004 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) forms.

Helping students fill out 1040A and 1040EZ tax returns during the fair will be Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) representatives.

"We will have plenty of staff on hand to assist students and parents in filling out the FAFSA and also assist them in completing the 1040A & 1040EZ federal tax returns," Morley said. "Student loan lenders will also be on hand to answer any questions students may have concerning student loans. All of this is free for UTPA students and prospective students."

Representatives from the different UTPA colleges, departments and student organizations will also participate in the event to promote their activities, including ROTC, Student Health Services, Police Department, Counseling and Advisement, and more.

Free food, music and door prizes will also be provided.

The 5-7 p.m. session will be held to assist evening students with their FAFSA and tax returns.

For more information on the 11th Annual Financial Aid Fair, contact Student Financial Services at 381-2501 or Morley at 381-2408.