The University of New Mexico's American Indian Student Services (AISS) hosts FAFSA Fridays through Feb. 24, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m in the AISS office, room 1119 in Mesa Vista Hall.

The free service offers students assistance from financial aid experts in completing their 2011-2012 Free Application for Federal Student Aid form (FAFSA). 

The FAFSA form is used by colleges, universities and vocational schools to determine a student's complete financial aid package which can include grants, scholarships, work study awards and federal loan assistance.

Although $154 billion dollars in federal financial assistance is available each year, only 41 percent of students do not complete a FAFSA. In N.M., at least 87 percent of students rely on some form of financial aid. Free federal assistance made it possible for more than eight million low income students to afford college tuition in 2009-10. 

In addition to FAFSA Fridays, AISS offers one-on-one FAFSA help throughout the year.

While there is no deadline for FAFSA, UNM's Priority Filing deadline for financial aid for the 2012-2013 school year is Thursday, March 1.

For more information, visit American Indian Student Services or call (505) 277-6343.