Financial aid experts will be at six events in the Augusta/Waterville areas to help families complete FAFSA forms.

To help families and high school seniors complete the Free Application for Student Aid (FAFSA) form and apply for financial aid early, the Finance Authority of Maine will host 28 free statewide in-person help sessions as well as offering online support.

The local in-person help sessions will begin Jan. 18 in Skowhegan, and conclude Feb. 6 in Houlton.

Workshop times and locations are available as follows: 8 a.m., Jan. 18, at Somerset Career & Technical Center, 61 Academy Circle, Skowhegan; 5 p.m., Jan. 22, at Waterville High School/MidMaine Technical Center, 1 Brooklyn Ave., Waterville; 6 p.m., Jan. 23, at Capital Area Technical Center, 40 Pierce Drive, Augusta; 5 p.m., Feb. 3, at Kennebec Valley Community College, 92 Western Ave., Fairfield; 6 p.m., Feb. 5, University of Maine at Farmington, 238 Main St., Farmington.

Financial aid experts can answer questions and help families and students fill out the FAFSA form. For a complete list of in-person help sessions visit: www.famemaine.com/files/StaticPages/Education/CollegeGoalMaine/Locations.aspx.

SA form and watch a video on tips on how to fill it out. www.famemaine.com/files/StaticPages/Education/CollegeGoalMaine/VirtualLab.aspx.

Additionally, FAME will offer three $1,000 scholarships for participants that complete the FAFSA either at the in-person help sessions or use the organization’s online help. Winners will be randomly selected in May.

Below is an information checklist families should bring to the FAME In-Person Help Sessions:

• Financial information from 2013. Dependent students will need parents’ financial information.

• 2013 W-2 forms and other records of money earned; 2013 Federal Income Tax Return and if married, your spouse’s.

• Current bank statements; social security card it is important that students enter their and their parents’ if applicable ; social security number; driver’s license if applicable; 2013 untaxed income records if applicable; current business and investment mortgage information, business and farm records, stock, bond and other investment records if applicable; alien registration or permanent resident card if you are not a U.S. citizen.

• If 2013 forms, income records and tax returns yet are not yet available to bring, students and families can estimate the information using past tax year’s forms and income records.

FAME is a quasi-independent state agency that provides innovative financial solutions to help Maine people and businesses pursue educational and business opportunities. For more informatino, visit famemaine.com.