Financial student aid application period begins

College students and parents can now visit www.fafsa.ed.gov to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA is the application all current and prospective college students should complete annually to see if they are eligible to receive financial aid through the Department of Education as well as their colleges and universities and other resources.
To qualify for aid, a person must demonstrate financial need; be a US citizen or eligible noncitizen; have a valid social security number; register for Selective Service, if you are a male between the ages of 18 and 25; have a high school diploma, GED or completed high school education in a home-school setting approved under state law; and maintain satisfactory academic progress in college or a career school. The StudentAid.gov website is a source for information on eligibility for financial aid.