TRIO Pre-College Programs is hosting FAFSA Completion and Understanding Financial Aid events through the Western and Central UP.

Come meet the TRIO Pre-College Programs staff at one of these events to:

  • Complete a FAFSA

  • Ask questions about financial aid

  • Simply get a better grasp of education beyond high school

  • Obtain a PIN number

  • Information on other types and sources of financial aid

If you are unable to attend one of the events and have any questions, feel free to use our general contact us page or contact us directly.  We are more than happy to assist in any way we can. 

We are also open to meet if you would like to schedule an appointment. 
All you have to do is contact us by click here

Times and locations of FAFSA Completion and Understanding Financial Aid events:

  • Crystal Falls-Forest Park High School
    January 14, 2015 - 5:30 - 6:30 PM  *Central Time*
    Multi-Purpose Room

  • Ewen-Trout Creek High School
    January 21, 2015 - 6:30 - 8:30 PM
    Location in School - TBD

  • Watersmeet High School
    January 28, 2015 - 6:00 - 8:00 PM *Central Time*
    Location in School - TBD

  • Baraga High School - for Baraga and L'anse students
    February 18, 2015 - 6:00 - 8:00 PM - RESCHEDULED
    Baraga Library

  • Baraga Tribal Center
    February 25, 2015 - 3:00 - 7:00 PM
    By appointment with center

  • Houghton High School
    February 19, 2015 - 6:00 - 8:00 PM
    Location TBD

Other FAFSA Events taking part in the areas we serve:

  • College Goal Sunday , Hancock, MI
    February 8th, 2015 - 2:00 - 4:00 PM
    in Maki Library hosted by Finlandia University

  • West End financial aid night
    January 21, 2015 - 7:00 PM

  • Lake Linden-Hubbell High School
    February 2, 2015 - 7:00 - 9:00 PM
    HOsted by Michigan Tech

    fEBRUARY 5, 2015 - 7:00 pm

    FEBRUARY 9, 2015 - 6:30 pm

    February 12, 2015 - 7:00 pm
    Media Center (library)

Scroll through the website for more information about the FAFSA

Myths about the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

Click here for a link right from the Federal Student Aid website about myths surrounding the FAFSA

Why is completing the FAFSA Important?

The FAFSA is the single most important thign you can do to get assistance paying for college

FAFSA  is used to determine eligibility for federal study aid:

  • $150 billion in form of grants
  • work-study funds
  • low-interest loans

At times the low-interest loans can by forgiven for working high need, public service positions at not-for-profit organizations and other entities.  Click here for more information about federal student loan forgiveness.

What do I need to complete the FAFSA?

Your Social Security Number

Your Alien Registration Number (if not a US citizen)

Your most recent federal income tax returns, W-2s, and other records of money earned.
*You may be able to transfer your federal tax return information into your FAFSA using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool.

Bank statements and records of investments

Records of untaxed income

A Federal Student Aid PIN to sign electronically
*link below in How do I Complete the FAFSA

If you are a dependent student, then you will also need most of the above information for your parent(s).

*Definition of who is a "dependent student" click here

How do I Complete the FAFSA?

Online or PDF printed out copy

98% of people complete the FAFSA online for 3 reasons:

  1. Guided assistance right on the application
  2. "Skip Logic" automatically skips questions not applicable to you
  3. The schools you apply to get the information faster

If you'd prefer a PDF copy you can download it from the student aid website: or by calling 1-800-4-FED-AID

If you choose to complete online, you will need to obtain a Personal Identification Number (PIN)

You will utilize the PIN to sign your FAFSA and can be obtained at

If you are a dependent student a parent/legal guardian will also need to obtain a PIN.

Who gets my information after inputting into

Federal Government - who use the information to award low-interest loans, work-study positions, and to be eligible for the $1.5 billion in grants awarded annually

Colleges/Universities you choose - the only schools who can access your information are those institutions you send the information to who will use this to award financial aid.  


Information for this page was obtained utilizing the following resources:

U.S. News & World Report - Education page article -

FAFSA website -