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Castor offers financial aid workshop Saturday

TAMPA -- Fast on the heels of tax season, the May 15 deadline is rapidly approaching for Florida students to file their college financial aid forms.

On Saturday, Rep. Kathy Castor, D-Tampa, is offering a lifeline.

From 10 a.m. to noon, her office will be holding a financial aid workshop at the Dale Mabry Campus of Hillsborough Community College.

Representatives will be on hand to help families fill out the complicated Free Application for Federal Student Aid and other forms. There will also be information on new grant and loan funds available for this fall, as well as a "Financial Aid 101" presentation by the University of South Florida.

"This workshop will level the playing field and make expert advice available to guide all students and their parents as they apply for help to pay for college,” said Castor in a statement. “Parents and students particularly need help now as we work through these tough economic times. There is financial aid out there, and even more help is now available thanks to President Obama’s Recovery Act.”

To fill out the forms, students should bring a driver’s license or alien registration card and 2008 tax and income information. Such records include 1040 tax returns and W-2 statements, and any records showing untaxed income, such as Social Security, Temporary Assistance to Needy Families, welfare or veteran’s benefits. Also bring a 2008 bank statement; any 2008 business or investment mortgage information; and business, farm, stock, bond and other investment records.

The workshop will be held in the Student Services Building at Dale Mabry Highway and Tampa Bay Blvd., across the street from Raymond James Stadium.

For more information on the financial aid process, visit or the federal government's FAFSA home page.

Tom Marshall, Times Staff Writer

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 10:22am]


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