Reach Higher

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

In response to first lady Michelle Obama’s Reach Higher campaign to encourage students to complete their education past high school, Northeastern Illinois University will host four FAFSA Completion Challenge events at three of its locations around Chicago.

All four events are free and open to the public. High school students, current students and returning students, as well as their families, are welcome to attend.

“As the first lady says, a college degree is increasingly important to succeed in today’s global economy,” said Maureen Amos, director of Northeastern’s Office of Financial Aid. “We are ready and willing to help anyone—whether they are Northeastern students or not—take the first step toward that goal by assisting them in the completion of their FAFSA.”

The FAFSA, or Free Application for Federal Student Aid, provides more than $150 billion in grants, work-study funds and loans each year.

Guests are encouraged to bring 2015 tax and income documentation. Each workshop will cover the importance of completing the FAFSA; an overview of federal, state, institutional and private funding sources; a line-by-line tutorial of what is expected on a FAFSA; and finally one-on-one assistance with submitting a FAFSA. Here are the details on the four FAFSA Completion Challenge events:

Saturday, Jan. 16

10 a.m.-3 p.m.
El Centro, 3390 N. Avondale Ave.

Wednesday, Jan. 27

5-6:30 p.m.
Jacob Carruthers Center for Inner City Studies, 700 E. Oakwood Blvd.

Wednesday, Feb. 3

5-6:30 p.m.
Jacob Carruthers Center for Inner City Studies, 700 E. Oakwood Blvd.

Saturday, Feb. 6

10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Main Campus, 5500 N. St. Louis Ave.

RSVP is not required. Contact the Office of Financial Aid with questions.