Carson-Newman commencement moved to digital format

High school seniors and their families will have the opportunity to complete the Federal Application for Student Aid in a fun setting, with expert help readily at hand.

Carson-Newman University will host a “Drive-In to Your Future FAFSA Event,” in which students and their parents or guardians can park in a designated lot on campus and complete their FAFSA in their parked vehicle, allowing for social distancing during the pandemic. Carson-Newman’s financial aid experts will be available to answer any questions and assist with the process.

The event will take place from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 5. The event was originally scheduled for today, but was postponed due to inclement weather.

“Filing the FAFSA can be stressful and confusing, especially for first-generation college students and high school students who have never completed the process before,” said Danette Seale, Carson-Newman’s executive director of Financial Aid. “But it’s also one of the most important steps a high school senior can take to prepare for college. The FAFSA is how students apply for a great deal of their potential financial aid, including grants they do not have to pay back, work-study opportunities and loans.

Just like at a drive-in movie, a projector screen will display informational guides to further assist with the process. Students do not have to apply to Carson-Newman to attend the FAFSA event.

Once registered, C-N will contact participants with additional details about how to prepare for completing their FAFSA during the event.