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Program Offers Free Help To Fill Out Financial Aid Form

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College-bound students and their parents can get free help this weekend with financial aid applications

This is the 10th annual Massachusetts College Goal Sunday, a program that provides free information and help on applying for financial aid.  Richard O’ Connor, assistant director of financial aid at American International College in Springfield—one of 35 participants in the program—says professionals will help families fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid.

"For those filling it out the first time it can be a bit overwhelming and a bit scary. That is what we are here for is to try to ease some of the anxiety families may have about doing this form."

The form is required for all federal programs including Pell Grants and student loans, and most colleges require it for any financial- aid offers.

Paul Tuthill is WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief. He’s been covering news, everything from politics and government corruption to natural disasters and the arts, in western Massachusetts since 2007. Before joining WAMC, Paul was a reporter and anchor at WRKO in Boston. He was news director for more than a decade at WTAG in Worcester. Paul has won more than two dozen Associated Press Broadcast Awards. He won an Edward R. Murrow award for reporting on veterans’ healthcare for WAMC in 2011. Born and raised in western New York, Paul did his first radio reporting while he was a student at the University of Rochester.