If they have not done so already, students taking classes at Lone Star College-North Harris or its centers this summer should complete the 2010-2011 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) immediately. Thursday, June 30 is the deadline for students to submit the federal application that determines financial aid eligibility for the summer semester.
“We want to make sure our students are taking advantage of all the financial aid opportunities available to them,” said Vickie Johnson, director of financial aid for LSC-North Harris. “Completing the FAFSA is always the first step, so it is critical that they are submitting it every year, as early as possible.”
The 2010-2011 FAFSA determines funding for the academic year that began last August and is now coming to a close. Students are required to complete a new FAFSA each year.
The 2011-2012 FAFSA, which was made available in January, will determine funding for the fall 2011 semester through the summer of 2012. Any student who plans to take classes in the fall, or during the 2012 spring and summer semesters, should complete it as soon as possible.
All FAFSA forms are available online at www.fafsa.ed.gov.
“It can be a little overwhelming, especially for first-time students, to figure out which forms should be completed. But we encourage students to call or come by the financial aid office and get any help they may need. Our advisors will work with them one-on-one to make sure they are not missing out on any available funding,” added Johnson.
For more information, or to schedule an appointment with the financial aid office, call 281.618.5464. Summer office hours are 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Thursday. The college is closed Friday’s during the summer.
Lone Star College-North Harris is located at 2700 W.W. Thorne Drive, one-half mile south of FM 1960 East, between Aldine-Westfield and Hardy Roads. For more information about the college, call 281.618.5400 or visit LoneStar.edu/NorthHarris.
With more than 69,000 students in credit classes for fall 2010, and a total enrollment of more than 85,000, Lone Star College System is the largest institution of higher education in the Houston area, and the fastest-growing community college system in Texas. Dr. Richard Carpenter is the chancellor of LSCS, which consists of five colleges including LSC-CyFair, LSC-Kingwood, LSC-Montgomery, LSC-North Harris, and LSC-Tomball, six centers, LSC-University Park, LSC-University Center at Montgomery, LSC-University Center at University Park, Lone Star Corporate College, and LSC-Online. To learn more visit LoneStar.edu.