#AskFAFSA Office Hours with Loyola New Orleans’ Cathy Simoneaux

Ed. Note: Cathy Simoneaux is the Director of the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid at Loyola University New Orleans

To celebrate Financial Aid Awareness Month, I hosted @FAFSA’s February #AskFAFSA Office Hours last night. Many students took advantage of the extra day they got this leap year by asking questions about the financial aid process and participating in the discussion with @FAFSA and @loynofinaid live on Twitter.

https://twitter.com/#!/loynofinaid/status/174992493543292929

February is one of the busiest times in financial aid offices across the country, because many school and state FAFSA deadlines occur in February and March. February is also one of the most popular times to complete school financial aid applications (which include the FAFSA), so as you can imagine, I had no shortage of questions to answer.

Deadlines

There are many state deadlines approaching. In fact, if you live in Maryland, Michigan, Montana, Oklahoma or Rhode Island, your deadline is today (and you’re tomorrow, California). It is important to be mindful of both your state AND school financial aid deadlines. Find out which deadline is earlier and complete your FAFSA before that date. But remember, some aid is first-come, first-served, so it’s best to complete your FAFSA today at www.fafsa.gov.

https://twitter.com/#!/loynofinaid/status/174993493360508929

https://twitter.com/#!/xLadyDreezy/status/173126905984319488

https://twitter.com/#!/loynofinaid/status/174994255750762497

Who Gets Aid

https://twitter.com/#!/loynofinaid/status/174996396758405120

https://twitter.com/#!/CreateSmilies/status/175002439257292800

https://twitter.com/#!/loynofinaid/status/175007106150313984

Taxes

https://twitter.com/#!/TeenahTine/status/173579607189094401

https://twitter.com/#!/loynofinaid/status/174996727466704897

https://twitter.com/#!/loynofinaid/status/174998251639029761

IRS Data Retrieval

https://twitter.com/#!/BeautifulMind17/status/172439209280421888

https://twitter.com/#!/loynofinaid/status/174999195227402240

https://twitter.com/#!/loynofinaid/status/174999791879725056

Student Loans

http://twitter.com/beth_morton/status/174999965406461952

http://twitter.com/loynofinaid/status/175004081763532800

http://twitter.com/ChristinaKeeley/status/174351854858280960

http://twitter.com/loynofinaid/status/175004736217559040

Thank you for participating! I had a lot of fun answering your questions on Twitter.

Now that all your questions are answered, it’s time to finish up those financial aid applications. Check with your school’s financial aid office to find out when their financial aid deadline is. If you have any questions about the financial aid process, find out how your financial aid administrator can help you.

If you’re ever in New Orleans, be sure to stop by and say hello!

To see all the tweets from the event, follow @loynofinaid & @FAFSA on Twitter. You can also follow @loynofinaid’s new Tumblr for information about financial aid and scholarships.