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Published March 25, 2012, 05:56 PM

Students Preparing For College Get Free Financial Guidance

GRAND FORKS (WDAZ-TV) - High School seniors across North Dakota got a jump start applying for college financial aid. College Goal Sunday allowed students and their parents to get free help filling out the FAFSA form. And for many families, every bit of help is appreciated while preparing students for life after high school.

GRAND FORKS (WDAZ-TV) - High School seniors across North Dakota got a jump start applying for college financial aid. College Goal Sunday allowed students and their parents to get free help filling out the FAFSA form. And for many families, every bit of help is appreciated while preparing students for life after high school.

"I think we already would have been about another hour behind where we are right now if we wouldn't have had any help," Red River High School Senior Luke Opp said.

Red River High School Senior Luke Opp knows he has a lot to do preparing for college in the next few months. Some are big decisions like choosing a major.

"I've been looking into maybe going into accounting, anything like that," Opp said.

Others seem like small tasks.

"I've been kind of doing a little bit periodically you know, during the year so it hasn't really felt like all that much, but I mean when you kind of think back on it, it's quite a bit," Opp added.

High school seniors across the state got free help filling out the FAFSA form. That's the Free Application for Federal Student Aid.

"A lot of them are just really relieved because it is such, you know, a confusing process. They're just really glad that we're able to help them through it," University of North Dakota Financial Aid System Specialist Kellie Choate said.

For many high school students, just the thought of going to college can be stressful. But families agree that Sunday's help is one more task they can check off the list.

"It's taking one of the stresses off. It's sort of like we have to have a little checklist because we have things to do periodically throughout the process, but I think we're on a good road to getting it all done, hopefully we are," Mary Haslerud Opp, Luke's mom, said.

For many students, financial aid is the difference between continuing their education or stopping after their high school diploma, so any financial guidance is appreciated.

The priority deadline for North Dakota State Aid is April 15th.

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