Schweyer: Students are able to apply for financial aid now
HARRISBURG, Oct. 30 – State Rep. Peter Schweyer, D-Lehigh, is reminding college-bound students and their parents or guardians that now is the time to start the application process for financial assistance.
“Applying for student loans can be confusing and complicated for families,” Schweyer said. “My office is available to assist with navigating the various options and programs and complete the application process. That will make it easier to meet the deadlines set by colleges and universities.”
According to Schweyer, PHEAA Student Aid guidebooks, which provide a complete overview of the financial aid process, are available in his district office located at 1501 Lehigh St., Suite 206.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, in-person visits to the office are by appointment only by calling 610-791-6270. When arriving for your appointment please make sure you are properly wearing a mask.
The guidebooks also include information on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. The FAFSA is used to determine eligibility for state and federal aid programs such as the Pennsylvania State Grant and work-study employment, Pell grants, Perkins loans and Stafford loans. Many colleges also use the FAFSA to determine eligibility for school-based aid such as private grants and need-based scholarships.
Schweyer noted there are other resources available to students as they prepare for college. The Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency has a free online resource and interactive tool, www.MySmartBorrowing.org, which guides students through the many decisions that must be made in advance of college.
The FAFSA form can be filled out online at https://fafsa.gov.