One of the last “FAFSA Frenzy” events in the metro area is coming up this Friday.

FAFSA is the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, used by a wide range of colleges and universities. It’s the first step in determining a student’s federal aid, most state aid and many scholarships.

This week’s event is from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Columbia College-Kansas City, 4240 Blue Ridge Boulevard, No. 400. That’s in the old Blue Ridge Bank Tower at Blue Ridge Boulevard and 43rd Street, near Walmart.

The event includes one-on-one assistance for families filling out the 2019-20 financial aid application. Students who attend can enter for a chance to win a scholarship in a Missouri post-secondary program.

“FAFSA Frenzy” events are held annually across the state, mostly in the fall. There is one more coming up in the metro area: 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Jan. 22 at the Maple Woods campus of Metropolitan Community College.

A similar event, a “FAFSA Walk-Through,” is set for 6:30 p.m. Jan. 29 at the Colbern Road branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 1000 N.E. Colbern Road, Lee’s Summit. It’s also free, though registration is required online at For questions, call 816-525-9924.