Financial Aid Opportunities Still Plentiful at Genesee Community College

As Genesee Community College nears the start of the fall 2005 semester, numerous financial aid opportunities still remain for eligible students, College officials stated.

"With the support of the federal and state government, plus the wide range of privately funded scholarships and public grants-we anticipate another record year of financial aid availability to our students," Joseph Bailey, Genesee Community College's Director of Financial Assistance said. "Many county residents may be eligible for financial assistance but have not yet applied for the money that is available to them."

After helping students and families secure over $14 million in scholarships, grants, loans, and other forms of financial aid last year, the College is looking at another banner year of providing an affordable education to students. Students have to take the first step by simply filling out the FAFSA form online at any one of Genesee's six campus locations, at home, or at any computer with Internet access, such as those in most public libraries.

The FAFSA, or Free Application for Federal Aid, is an easy-to-follow online application requiring basic information about the student and his or her family income last year. (www.fafsa.ed.gov/) This application creates a baseline for financial need and eligibility that is reviewed by most funding sources such as New York State Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) and many scholarship programs. Genesee Community College's scholarship committees granted over $200,000 last year from over 70 different categories recognizing students from nearly every academic area.

"We are very proud of the variety of scholarship opportunities offered by the Genesee Community College Foundation," Alice Weather, Director of the Annual Fund said. "And most of these scholarship opportunities can be applied for with just one application that is readily available on the College's website." (www.genesee.edu)

With fall classes starting on August 29, 2005 students are encouraged to apply immediately. To streamline the application process by applying, registering for classes, and exploring financial aid options in one visit, Genesee has the following five Instant Admit Dates scheduled at all the College's six campus locations in Albion, Arcade, Batavia, Dansville, Lakeville, and Warsaw:

- Wednesday, August 17, 2005, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM - Saturday, August 20, 2005, 8:30 AM - 1:00 PM- Wednesday, August 24, 2005, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM - Thursday, August 25, 2005, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM- Saturday, August 27, 2005, 8:30 AM - 1:00 PM

To ensure a smooth application process, new students should be sure to bring their high school diploma or equivalent. In applying for financial aid, independent students should bring a copy of their 2004 federal tax return (if filed) and W-2 form(s), while students still dependent on their parents will need to bring a copy of their parents' 2004 federal tax return (if filed) and W-2 form(s).

For further information, call Genesee Community College's toll free telephone number at 1-866-CALL-GCC or go to www.genesee.edu.

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