Daily Reporter staff reports

HANCOCK COUNTY — The FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) is the application used by nearly all colleges and universities to determine eligibility for federal, state, and college-sponsored financial aid, including grants, educational loans and work-study programs.

Recently Leaders in Navigating Knowledge (LINK) organized an event to make the FAFSA filing process a little less intimidating.

The event was at the Hancock County Public Library.

It was specifically designed for nontraditional students who are interested in continuing or beginning to pursue an education beyond high school.

Nineteen individuals and families (ages 17 to 60) attended this event and received financial aid advice and support.

In 2014, more than $87,000 in grants were found for the families in attendance; results for 2015 will be available in April.