Gear Up Mississippi prepared for a record turnout this year for "College Goal Sunday." Meridian High School was one of the 42 locations for the event. They too, were ready for a large crowd.
"We've had an excellent turnout today."
Gear up Mississippi is an annual statewide event that helps college-bound students and their families complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, also known as FAFSA. Shirley Mosley is a counselor at Meridian High School. She says this offers pertinent information for students and their families.
"It's to provide financial aid information to our parents and to our students, and someone is here, financial aid experts from MCC, they are here to assist parents, students, with filling out the FAFSA," says Mosley.
Students must fill out the FAFSA to qualify for federal financial aid, such as grants and loans, to help pay for higher education. Many scholarship donors also require students file a FAFSA, and many colleges and universities use the form to make decisions about institutional grant and scholarship awards.
"Particularly those for us who are seniors and are exiting high school and beginning to start their freshman year in college it would give them opportunities for grants, loans, and scholarships."
Costs can easily build up during college. There are many items and fees students have to worry about. Free Application for Federal Student Aid can help with many of those needs.
"Of course it assist with their tuition, their books, room and board, just depending on the amount of financial aid, loans, grants, scholarships they may qualify for," says Mosley.