For the fourth consecutive year, State Employees’ Credit Union (SECU) has proudly partnered with College Foundation of North Carolina (CFNC) and the North Carolina Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NCASFAA) to assist students on FAFSA Day. This past Saturday, February 18th, SECU opened all 240 branches statewide from 9am to 12pm, serving as designated FAFSA sites to help North Carolina students and their parents complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA is a requirement to be considered for all federal and most state financial aid for college, including scholarships and grants. In just 3 hours, SECU employees and volunteers assisted more than 2,100 North Carolina students and their families!
FAFSA Day is an annual event held in designated North Carolina locations including community colleges and universities. With a presence in all 100 North Carolina counties, SECU helps to ensure that all counties throughout the State have FAFSA sites available.
“SECU’s partnership in FAFSA Day made it possible for CFNC, NCASFAA and SECU to provide this service to a collective total of 4,700 students throughout every North Carolina County this year. It was one of the most successful FAFSA Days,” says FAFSA Day Coordinator, Robbie Schultz, of the N.C. State Education Assistance Authority.
SECU’s involvement in FAFSA Day complements the Credit Union’s annual participation in North Carolina College Application Week. Volunteering at local high schools in their communities, SECU personnel helped nearly 3,700 students complete college applications during the Week in November 2011.
Paulette Bowden, SECU’s Vice President of IRA Systems and Projects comments, “Our ongoing partnerships with CFNC and NCASFAA provide SECU the opportunities to participate in wonderful educational events such as FAFSA Day and College Application Week. It is tremendously rewarding to help so many North Carolina students pursue their dreams of higher education. Such initiatives reinforce the Credit Union’s support of education and provide SECU personnel the opportunity to assist in their local communities statewide.”