Northwestern seniors plan for financial aid

caines | 2/21/2013, 4:30 a.m.

[gallery link="file" columns="4" orderby="title"] The last thing you want, is to feel that you missed out on some free money, according to Marilyn Johnson, the assistant director of financial aid at NOVA Southeastern University. This is why Miami Northwestern Senior Highs seniors and parents came to school during afterhours, Feb. 12, to work on their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).Those in attendance received assistance filling out the form from NOVA Southeastern University financial aid advisors. According to LaMarc G. Anderson, the FASFA application is the most important document of a students college admission process. By them gaining an acceptance letter, the process is not done, so they have to get this financial aid application done, he said. [This event] marks the completion of the admissions process for those who have attended. It was a part of a district-wide initiative to help students complete financial aid. The advisors came out to assist parents with the challenging process by answering questions that dealt with topics like tax information. If you are doing it for the first time, it can be a little intimidating, Sheryl-Ann Mullings-Black, a financial aid advisor, said. But once they get over this hurdle, they know they are good to go. Fabian Johnson, a senior who plans on attending Western Michigan, came prepared with his mothers tax information said attending the event was important. You dont want to mess up opportunities with scholarships, so its important to complete your FASFA form. Derrod Jones, 18, a senior who plans on attending Western Kentucky, worked on the FASFA application with his mother, Valencia Jones. Jones said the experts helped her when she got to the part of the application about finances. Larieka Woods, who plans on attending Miami-Dade College also attended the event with her mother, Donna Woods. Woods thought that the event was very convenient. She said that usually if they got confused while filling out the application, it would normally prolong the process, but by doing it at the school, they had someone to help them. Along with registering for FASFA, students also had the opportunity to speak with representatives from different colleges, trade schools and universities because there was also a college/career fair held that night. Were very serious about students furthering their education at Miami Northwestern Senior High, because we live in a time where youve got to have it, Anderson said. By Malika A. Wrightmwright@miamitimesonline.com