By: David M. Higgins II

La Plata, MD- The College of Southern Maryland will be holding a Free Application for Federal Student Aid(FAFSA) workshop in the AD Building of the La Plata Campus Thursday, July 18, 2019, at 2:30 p.m.

Thre are a number of changes to the FAFSA you should be aware of.

Starting with the 2018-2019 FAFSA application, students must report information forbothparents if the parents are unmarried but living together. This applies to both biological and adoptive parents. This will close a loophole that may have allowed some students to only report one parent’s income.

Another clarification concerns students with undocumented parents. The Department of Education has directed that parents who do not have Social Security numbers should enter all zeros.

In addition, parents who do not file taxes will need to provide income information from their jobs or indicate earned income from the prior tax year.

Finally, the last change for 2018-2019: “Homeless youth” is now technically defined as a student aged 23 or younger. This is a change from 24 years old.

Homeless youth are frequently given dependency overrides, which means that they are evaluated for financial aid without regard to their parents’ financial status. This can potentially qualify some people for additional financial aid.

CSM holds FAFSA Workshops on the 3rd Thursday of every month(except January and March). They also remind students to bring:

  • 2017 Tax Information (W2 forms for parents and student and federal tax form 1040, 1040A, or 1040 EZ)
  • Records of untaxed income, social security benefits, child support received or paid in 2017

Complete list of workshops:

  • Feb. 21, 2019
  • March (no workshop because of Spring Break)
  • Apr 18, 2019
  • May 16, 2019
  • June 20, 2019
  • July 18, 2019
  • August 15, 2019
  • September 19, 2019
  • October 17, 2019
  • November 21, 2019
  • December 19, 2019

David M. Higgins II, Publisher/Editor

David M. Higgins was born in Baltimore and grew up in Southern Maryland. He has had a passion for journalism since high school. After spending many years in the Hospitality Industry he began working in...