Education
8:42 am
Fri May 10, 2013

Record number of students apply for financial aid

Missouri volunteers help a record number of students in the state apply for financial aid.

FAFSA Frenzy is an event hosted at high schools throughout the state. It provides free assistance from volunteers to help students file for financial aid through a Free Application for Federal Student Aid, also known as FAFSA. Volunteers helped 1,470 students meet the April 1 deadline. Missouri Department of Higher Education Specialist Morgan McAboy said FAFSA Frenzy is important because gives applicants an equal opportunity.

"It provides an opportunity for all students on the national level, but the basis is to help low income students,” McAboy said.

Rebecca Strubbe received recognition by the Missouri Department of Higher Education as one of the two Outstanding Coordinators of the Year. Strubbe hosted FAFSA Frenzy at Lebanon High School for their first year. She said there was a notable increase in involvement.

“Last year we only had, I believe, two or three come to our financial aid night; so, this year we upped that to over 35 students or parents attended. So, we definitely had a big increase this year by doing the FAFSA Frenzy versus having our own financial night," Strubbe said.

More than 600 volunteers assisted at 55 FAFSA Frenzy sites this year around Missouri.