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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

Oct. 18, 2016

Northwest to host FAFSA Frenzy for current, prospective students

Northwest Missouri State University is one of more than 100 sites throughout the state hosting FAFSA Frenzy in coming weeks to assist future and current college students who are seeking assistance with completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA.

The Northwest event will be 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 13, in the B.D. Owens Library on the University campus. Personnel from Northwest’s financial aid office will be on hand to answer questions and assist students and families with completing the FAFSA online.

Filing a FAFSA is often the first step students must take to apply for financial aid for college.

“FAFSA Frenzy is designed to assist families with an important part of the college-planning process,” said Zora Mulligan, Missouri commissioner of higher education. “Students should file a FAFSA as early as possible to find out about financial aid available to help them pay for higher education.”

FAFSA Frenzy is being held three months earlier this year in response to the new Oct. 1 start date for filing a FAFSA. Another major change in the FAFSA this year calls for students and families to provide income information from a year earlier than was previously required. For example, the 2017-18 FAFSA will ask for 2015 information.

The change in required income information means that families will no longer have to wait until they file their taxes for the current year in order to complete the FAFSA or use estimated tax information that they later have to update.

Students may receive assistance at any of the FAFSA Frenzy events throughout the state, no matter where they live, attend school or plan to attend college. The events are open to all students, including high school seniors, current college students and non-traditional students. A list of public FAFSA Frenzy site can be viewed at

Students must fill out a FAFSA every year to be eligible for most types of federal and state aid, including grants, scholarships and loans, as well as financial assistance offered by colleges and universities.

Participants are asked to bring:

FAFSA Frenzy is sponsored annually by the Missouri Department of Higher Education, in partnership with the Missouri Association of Student Financial Aid Personnel, the Missouri Higher Education Loan Authority and the National College Access Network.

Volunteers have assisted more than 17,000 Missouri students since FAFSA completion events began in 2004.

For information about the Northwest event contact the Office of Scholarships and Financial Assistance by calling 660.562.1363 or by email at For more information about the FAFSA and a listing of other financial aid events throughout the state, go to

For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
215 Administration Building | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468