Forsyth Tech hosts drive-in FAFSA event to help students with financial aid

Published 3:45 pm Friday, April 9, 2021

Students and families will receive free, one-on-one FAFSA assistance from the safety of their car

WINSTON-SALEM — North Carolina students who need help completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) will have the opportunity to get one-on-one guidance from the safety of their car on Saturday, April 10, 17 and 24.

The Drive-In To Your Future Events, taking place at 12 locations across the state, allow students and families to fill out the form from their car with the help of financial aid experts.

All current high school seniors and college students are invited to attend.

In-person FAFSA help sessions are available. Students and families are asked to bring their own charged device (mobile device or laptop) and masked volunteers will answer questions through the car window.

The events will be Saturday, April 10, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Northwest Forsyth Center, Saturday, April 17 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Main Campus, Silas Creek Parkway in the Allman Building, and Saturday, April 24, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Transportation Technology Center.

The FAFSA is the first step to free or affordable college for North Carolina students. While progress is being made, FAFSA completions in North Carolina are still down 7% statewide compared to this same time last year. The most recent data show only 43% of North Carolina students have completed the form. Students who complete the FAFSA are more likely to enroll in higher education, persist in their college coursework, and obtain a degree.

In 2020, North Carolina students left an estimated $107 million in federal financial aid on the table by not filling out the FAFSA.

The Drive-In To Your Future Events are hosted by myFutureNCthe College Foundation of North Carolina, and GEAR Up North Carolina, as a part of the NC First in FAFSA initiative to increase awareness about the importance of filling out the FAFSA and the CFNC Take Your Dreams Off Hold campaign to ensure seniors complete the steps needed to go to college this fall.