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Learn how to complete FAFSA at workshop

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Submitted by the office of State Representative Michelle Mussman

State Rep. Michelle Mussman, a Democrat from Schaumburg, is teaming up with the Illinois Student Assistance Commission to host a Free Application for Federal Student Aid completion seminar from 6-8 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 28, at Conant High School, located at 700 E. Cougar Trail, in Hoffman Estates.

"Students and their families are forced to the point of exhaustion to find ways to afford tuition, books, housing and other necessary expenses," Mussman said. "The turbulent economic time we live in does not help, so it is important that families take advantage of all the financial aid that is available."

Staff from ISAC will work with students and their parents to complete and submit FAFSA information. The presentation will include helpful information including scholarship searching, how financial aid is determined and the costs and accessibility of student loans. After the presentation, there will be an opportunity to ask questions regarding individual circumstances.

According to ISAC, much of the state's financial aid is given out within the first few months of the new year, and in recent years, the state has run out of its Monetary Award Program grant by mid-April.

"I want to encourage all students to apply early in the process so they can actually access the state and federal financial aid that may be available," Mussman said. "These seminars serve to create awareness of the need to apply early, and help parents and students gain a better idea of possible scholarships and other resources."

To RSVP, or if you have any questions about the upcoming seminar, call Rep. Michelle Mussman's constituent office at (847) 923-9104 or by email at