The Community Education Center (CEC) is offering a series of workshops related to the financial aid process for college. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is perhaps the single most important document in the financial aid process. Get support in applying for and verifying your FAFSA password (a new requirement before completing the FAFSA) at the CEC’s computer lab throughout the spring. Tax Credits, financial aid, and your taxes all impact your bottom line when it comes to paying for higher education. Attend “College and the IRS: Know Before you File” on Wednesday January 13th. In this free workshop, local accountant, Jerome Zelt, along with Denny Geyer and Michael Buchheit will present helpful information on Tuition and Fees deductions, 529 Plans, Savings Bonds Interest, the American Opportunity Credit, the Lifetime Learning Credit, and how your tax return is used on the FAFSA to calculate financial need and financial aid. Get step-by-step assistance in filling out the FAFSA form on February 4th with a representative from the PA Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA). In April, individuals and high school students will be able to attend a seminar on “How to Choose? Which College Can I Afford?” Attendees will learn how to choose a college or training program that is affordable without racking up loads of student debt. Registration is required for each event. There is no fee to attend these workshops, but registration is required. For more information or to register, call the CEC at 814-781-3437.
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