Nursing student wins laptop for applying for FAFSA

Christine Hercliff, a nursing major from Caro, proudly poses with her new Dell laptop alongside Elvina Sika at the Financial Aid office. (Michael Piwowarski/Editor-in-chief)

By Michael Piwowarski, editor-in-chief.

UNIVERSITY CENTER – Delta College’s financial aid department is striving to make sure that students plan their finances ahead of time.

From October 1, 2018 to March 1, 2019, anyone who was registered for fall 2019 classes and applied for FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) at Delta College was entered to win a Dell laptop.

Christine Hercliff, a nursing major from Caro, won the contest and came to the financial aid office to claim her prize Wednesday, September 18.

“[Financial aid is] very important to me because I wouldn’t even be able to complete the program without it,” says Hercliff. “It’s actually helped me all the way through with my prerequisites.”

Into her first year of nursing clinicals, Hercliff is quite appreciative of her financial assistance going toward completing her program.

“I’ve applied ever since I started at Delta, which was in 2013, so I’ve used that assistance all the way through,” says Hercliff.

Delta College’s financial aid office exists to help students with completing applications for getting financial assistance in paying for tuition. The office also helps with grants, scholarships, work study, student loans and parent loans.

Elvina Sika, assistant director of financial aid, strongly advises that every student at Delta should apply for financial aid, which is done on an annual basis.

“There is gift aid which is free money to go to school, and the FAFSA will determine if a student is eligible for gift aid or self help aid,” says Sika. “Self help aid is student loan dollars and work study dollars. We have to have those [application] results to determine an award package for students.”

Sika elaborates that Delta College ran the laptop giveaway as an incentive for students to get their FAFSA application sorted out early.

“Sometimes you procrastinate and wait till the last minute, and there are some times when you can’t make a financial aid decision right away, that more information is required,” says Sika. “So the earlier that a student applies for financial aid, the earlier that we can get their decision out there.”

Another FAFSA laptop giveaway will start Tuesday, Oct. 1 and end Sunday, March 1, 2020. When the time comes, students can fill out their FAFSA application online via Delta’s online student self-service portal, or can come to the financial aid office (Room D101) for assistance.

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