TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (February 28, 2013) – Tallahassee Community College, in partnership with The BEST (Believe, Earn, Save, Thrive) Project of United Way of the Big Bend, will host the Financial Aid and Free Tax Prep Event at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, March 7, at TCC’s Ghazvini Center for Healthcare Education.
This free event is open to anyone in need of help preparing their federal income tax return, as well as those interested in receiving scholarships and applying for financial aid for any college, not just TCC. Participants who would like help with the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and scholarship searches should bring completed 2012 tax information to the event.
A drawing will be held at the end of the evening in which three $500 TCC scholarships will be awarded. Recipients must be present to win.
In addition to tax preparation, FAFSA application help and scholarship drawings, the event will include sessions on Budgeting Basics, Prepaid College Tuition, Bright Futures Scholarships and an Introduction to Financial Aid. Financial adviser Kimberly Dixon will speak on “Top 20 Things to Know about Money by Age 30.”
TCC’s Ghazvini Center is located at 1528 Surgeons Drive in Tallahassee. For information call (850) 487-8091 or go to www.thebestproject.org.
About the BEST Project
The BEST (Believe, Earn, Save, Thrive) Project is an initiative of United Way of the Big Bend that seeks to provide residents of the Big Bend with solutions to improve their long-term financial stability and quality of life. By working with community partners, the BEST Project provides tools to help Big Bend citizens preserve and increase their financial assets, learn how to meet their financial goals, and become and remain self-sufficient. The BEST Project offers the following services: free financial education and workshops for adults and young people on topics such as budgeting, saving, and understanding credit and home mortgages; free income tax preparation for low- to moderate- income people through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program; and free one-on-one financial coaching through the Master Money Mentors program (a partnership with the University of Florida IFAS Extension).
About United Way of the Big Bend
United Way of the Big Bend (UWBB) serves eight counties. In its 70-year history, UWBB has invested more than $100 million to help those in need and worked to find solutions for issues facing our community. The group’s work addresses basic needs, helps families become financially stable, and provides opportunities for children and youth to succeed. For information, visit www.uwbb.org or follow UWBB on Facebook and Twitter.