Get ‘PIN’ned Before FAFSA Super Saturday

February 8, 2008

Correctly filing financial aid paperwork ranks up there with research papers and oral presentations as one of the chief anxieties of a college career. Financial aid professionals at Mary Baldwin University and around the state hope to alleviate some of that stress by hosting Super Saturday on February 16 — an event where financial aid gurus will be on hand to answer questions and help students apply for aid on site. The event is sponsored by the Virginia Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators.

The goal will be to familiarize people with and complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), the form required by most colleges and universities to qualify for federal grants and loans. The FAFSA needs to be filled out each year to maintain eligibility throughout one’s college tenure. Mary Baldwin is one of 22 sites in the state that will offer a financial aid workshop, question and answer session, and time to file the FAFSA online. The session will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Grafton Library and is open to prospective and returning students and parents, and the general public. A $100 scholarship will be awarded at each Super Saturday site.

Super Saturday offers a focused event to learn about the FAFSA, and an opportunity to remind students that the Mary Baldwin Financial Aid department is available for assistance throughout the year, said Robin Dietrich, Mary Baldwin director of financial aid.

Participants need to register for a U.S. Department of Education personal identification number (PIN) prior to the event at www.pin.ed.gov. They should also bring several documents with them to complete the FAFSA, including a driver’s license (if applicable), Social Security number, federal income tax return forms, and bank statements. A complete list of documents and more information can be found at www.vasfaa.org , search for “Super Saturday,” or call the Mary Baldwin financial aid office at 1-800-468-2262 or 887-7022 on campus.