Students hope for financial aid through FAFSA applications

It's that time of year when money for college is on the minds of parents and students.

As of Jan. 1, students have been able to fill out their FAFSA, or Free Application for Federal Student Aid, form.

In California, March 2 is the filing deadline, but additional grants are available for those who fill it out early.

"To be sure you're eligible for the maximum amount of financial aid that's out there, we encourage you to file before that March 2nd deadline," CSU-Sacramento Financial Aid Director Anita Kermes said.

The majority of students at Sac State receive financial help.

"We have about 70 percent of our students on financial aid," Kermes said. "So out of a total population of 26,000, we have close to 20,000 students receiving some form of financial aid assistance."

But that aid can only go so far. With the rising cost of tuition, many students and their families are having trouble affording college.

At UC Davis, the need for financial aid has increased so much that students have turned to themselves to find funding for their college education.

"We students that aren't able to fund their college education because of high tuition," UC Davis junior Ellen Davis said.

She is a board member for We Are Aggie Pride, a that group steps in for those in emergency financial situations and need money to stay in school.

"What we consider emergency need is students who have exhausted all of their financial aid resources, they have no more loans available, they have nothing else to turn to," Davis said.

The group has raised more than $100,000 in four years, and has helped countless of students.

For more information on the program, go to their website: http://weareaggiepride.ucdavis.edu/

You can fill out a FAFSA form at http://fafsa.gov/


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