Education briefs for Jan. 28

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Students urged to begin aid process

Colorado Northwestern Community College officials are urging students to begin the financial aid process now.

For the most accurate results, students and their parents, if applicable, should complete their federal income tax forms for 2005. Families who cannot complete their taxes early can use estimated tax figures.

The most widely used method for completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid is the Web-based application at www.fafsa.ed.gov. The application also is available in paper form, which takes two to four weeks longer than the Web-based version to process.

Those who applied for financial aid last year can get their renewal application online at www.fafsa.ed.gov.

Students must complete the appropriate form to apply for Colorado Northwestern Community College scholarships, available for both new and returning students.

Applications are available under "applications and forms" on the financial aid page at www.cncc.edu/financial_aid/default.htm.

As additional scholarship opportunities become available, announcements will be posted in The Spartan Times, Colorado Northwestern's student newspaper.

Foundation accepting scholarship applications

The Pinnacol Foundation is accepting scholarship applications for the 2006-07 school year.

Since 2000, The Pinnacol Foundation has provided scholarships to students whose parents have been killed or injured in work-related accidents. The foundation will provide funding for students who qualify. To qualify, the student's parent must have suffered a work-related injury or death while employed for a Colorado-based company. Students are awarded the scholarship on a basis of need, academics, recommendations and personal essays.

In the past, the foundation has given as much as $261,500 to as many as 50 students.

All applications must be submitted on March 31 to qualify for the school year.

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