For students interested in learning about financial aid and how to obtain it, Lake Michigan College is holding a series of workshops. The workshop series is titled, “Financial Aid Fridays” and will be held every Friday afternoon from 2 to 4pm at the college’s Benton Township, Niles, and South Haven locations. The first workshop is scheduled for January 6 and the series will run through March 24.

Students can expect to learn about the qualifications for financial aid and how to go about the application process. Among the more important aspects students will learn about financial aid are the eligibility requirements. The big misconception about financial aid eligibility is that students from middle class families won’t qualify because their family makes too much money. In reality, most students can qualify because there is no income cap. However, the amount of income a family earns will affect the amount of aid that is awarded.

Big Changes in 2017

Two big changes to the financial aid application process became effective for 2017. The first change is with the application period, which was moved back to October 1 from January 1 of the next year. Applications for financial aid for the 2017 school year were accepted starting on October 1, 2016. The official deadline for submitting applications remains June 30. However, most schools have earlier deadlines. Because some schools award aid on a first come first serve basis, applications should be submitted as early as possible.

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Get Application Assistance

Students, who might be ready to apply for financial aid after learning about the process at the workshop, should bring their Social Security number and driver’s license. They will receive assistance in completing the financial aid application at the workshop.

Lake Michigan College is a two-year community college based in Benton Harbor Michigan. During the 2015-2016 academic year more than $9 million in federal aid was awarded to LMC students. In addition, students received more than $600,000 in scholarships from the Lake Michigan College Foundation.