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Free application for federal student aid help

FAFSA Applications are open
Posted at 12:08 PM, Oct 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-08 13:20:28-04

CORPUS CHRISTI, TEXAS — The free application for federal student aid for the 20-21 20-22 school year is open until June 30th 2022. But Director of Student Financial Assistance Jeannie Gage advises students to apply now for a shot at the best financial package possible.

More students may be applying for financial aid this year because of changing financial situations caused by the pandemic.

"We have a process called special circumstance where students can apply to have the FAFSA income adjusted,” said Gage.

The student services center at Texas A&M Corpus Christi has seen an increase in students wondering what the financial aid process will look like this year. Gage says for now, bring in the last two years of tax returns and any additional documents explaining your situation.

Any of that information is helpful so that we can then adjust the FAFSA information that was submitted to the U-S Department of Education and then we make those adjustments for the student,” said Gage.

Blake Montez who is a nursing student at TAMUCC has received several scholarships for this school year and has already filled out his FAFSA for the 2021-2022 school year. He gives advice for students waiting to apply.

"The first thing that I would recommend is to get it done early. And definitely if you have any problems with it make a phone call, schedule a Web X do something, you can come in person, just make those appointments you know talk to the right people,” said Montez.