USF offering financial aid help for Hispanic families

Feb. 24, 2014 FORT WAYNE, Ind. - The University of Saint Francis will host a Spanish language Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) filing help session at 6 p.m. Monday, March 3 in Room 107 of the Pope John Paul II Center.

Financial aid professionals and Spanish interpreters will be available to answer questions and help students file the FAFSA to determine their eligibility for federal financial aid for college. Students should bring Social Security numbers and 2013 tax information for themselves and their parents to properly file the FAFSA. If students or parents have not yet filed their taxes for 2013, tax information will be estimated.

Indiana students must file the FAFSA by March 10to be considered for any state assistance. The FAFSA also provides the student’s school with information to determine what aid the institution may provide.

“We are very excited to provide financial aid assistance specifically geared toward Spanish-speaking students. Area financial aid professionals are seeing a rising need in the Hispanic community for college financial aid guidance. It is our goal that all students apply for financial aid, and we are happy to help any student achieve this goal,” said Director of Financial Aid, Michelle Nisun.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for Spanish-speaking students and their families in our area to have specific questions answered by financial aid professionals as well as file their FAFSAs,” said Julie Townsend, admissions counselor for the University of Saint Francis. Townsend is fluent in Spanish, and will be available to help students. She can be reached at (260) 399-7700, ext.6305.

For more information on financial aid at the University of Saint Francis, visit

  The University of Saint Francis, founded in 1890 as a comprehensive university in the Catholic Franciscan tradition, offers more than 60 undergraduate and 14 graduate programs in five schools: The School of Health Sciences, School of Arts and Sciences, Keith Busse School of Business and Entrepreneurial Leadership, School of Professional Studies and School of Creative Arts. More than 2,300 students from a broad geographic region attend USF for its academic excellence. The university has a regional campus in Crown Point, Ind.

Media Contacts

For all University-related matters, please contact:

Trois Hart
Associate Vice President of Marketing
T: 260.399.8050
C: 260.415.2401

Yvonne Schroeder
Director of Communication
T: 260.399.7700 ext. 6413

Sandie Phalen
Director of Marketing and Development
Crown Point
T: 219.488.8888 ext. 5421


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