FAFSA ‘definitely the gateway’ to financial aid

Article: Fairmont Times West Virginian

Students encouraged to file as soon as possible

FAIRMONT, W.Va. — It’s time to file the FAFSA.

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid is an online form students seeking higher education can fill out to apply for any kind of federal financial aid.

“It’s definitely the gateway to all federal and most state financial aid,” said Jessica Kennedy, communications manager for the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission.

Students file the FAFSA to get aid like federal PELL grants, which do not have to be paid back, and federal student loans that have lower interest rates and flexible payment plans. Read the full story »