User uShare Login | Register

Along with posting photos, videos, and stories, your uShare account lets you post Classified Ads, recipes on What's For Dinner, and Announcements.

30° View Weather Current Conditions Sioux Falls Change Location
Set Weather Options



 Winter Storm for November 30, 2015

Snow Outlook

Severe Weather

State Radar

Click here for local closings & delays

Send photos to

Storm Center Update | Sioux Falls News & Weather, South Dakota News & Weather, Minnesota and Iowa News

[0] My Saved Articles
Find local businesses
on the KELO Pages!


Most Popular Today

New FAFSA Form Easier Than Ever To Fill Out

February 3, 2010, 9:58 PM by Katie Janssen

New FAFSA Form Easier Than Ever To Fill Out
It's now a whole lot easier to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, better known as FAFSA. Parents and students often dread completing the paperwork when sending a child to college, but new guidelines have streamlined the process.

Like most students, Augustana junior Hannah Drewes fills out the FAFSA forms ever year, and it's always a pain in the neck.

"You always have to get a bunch of information from pay stubs, from the bank, from all these other places. My dad's always on Web sites trying to figure out what they have money in," Drewes said.

Long forms, difficult questions and complicated formulas can be overwhelming but the federal government just rolled out a new FAFSA form, which promises to be much more user-friendly.

"If it could be easier, it would be much less stressful on me and my family. We're already looking at other sources to get more money," Drewes said. 

A lot of other students find themselves in the same situation. National statistics show 1.5 million low-income families don't apply for FAFSA because the process is too hard.

But now, Augustana Director of Financial Aid Brenda Murtha says that's all changed. The worksheet that used to be eight pages long is now only four.

Much of the information has been condensed so it's easier to read, and even the online process is less confusing.  The program uses "skip logic," so if something doesn't apply to you, it skips to the next section. And there's no longer any question about what parts are for parents and what parts are for students.

"When you're online, there's always a grid along the left side that shows the parent information and student information page you're on," Murtha said.

Murtha says the changes will only help people navigate FAFSA, so families can get all the financial aid they're eligible for.

On February 21, financial aid professionals will be available in communities across South Dakota to help parents fill out financial aid applications, in an event called College Goal Sunday.

Previous Story

Next Story



You may also like

Ronald Neels Sentenced To 75 Years In Prison

11/23/2015 5:59 PM

For more than a decade, nobody knew Ronald Neels was sexually abusing a victim inside his home near Garretson. The victim never said anything about th...

Full Story | Watch
Harrisburg High School Wins $100,000

11/25/2015 9:01 AM

Students at Harrisburg High School are celebrating Wednesday morning.

Full Story
Tyrese Ruffin's Mother Speaks Publicly For First Time

11/25/2015 6:18 AM

In her first and only television interview, Doohen talked about her son, who she called the joy of her life.

Full Story
Man Killed In Rollover Crash Identified

11/29/2015 1:05 PM

A Mitchell man has been identified as the victim in a rollover crash near Artesian, South Dakota on Friday.

Full Story
LHS Student Charged With Making Bomb Threat

11/23/2015 10:53 AM

Sioux Falls Police said a 16-year-old student wrote a message on a bathroom mirror.

Full Story