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Q: My child is graduating this year from high school. How can I get help paying for college

A: Last year, Utah's high school seniors lost out on $45.5 million in free money for college because they didn’t complete a FAFSA, or Free Application for Federal Student Aid. But this year, it’s easier than ever to complete the online application, because families can start now—three months earlier than usual—and they can use their prior year’s taxes. What’s more, there’s an unprecedented amount of money available, a whopping $180 billion. Yes, that’s billion with a "B." Think you won’t qualify for needs-based aid? It’s still a good idea to complete a FAFSA, because at many colleges, it’s required in order to access academic scholarships, grants, loans and work-study opportunities. To help spread the word so that all students can take advantage of this historic investment in financial aid, schools throughout Utah are holding free FAFSA completion fairs. Here are the dates and time for fairs in Canyons District, which are open to all students, regardless of where they attend school:

Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016

Jordan High, 6-9 p.m.

Thursday, Nov. 17, 2016

Alta High, 5-8 p.m.

Hillcrest High, 5-8 p.m.

Corner Canyon High, 6-9 p.m.
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