Brad BarnettBrad received his Bachelor of Science degree from Southern Arkansas University, with a major in Psychology and a minor in Business. He furthered his education by graduating from the Medical College of Virginia at Virginia Commonwealth University with a Master of Science degree in Rehabilitation Counseling, specializing in Mental Health. He has been involved in the financial aid and/or rehabilitation professions for the past 15 years. Brad, a Past President of the Virginia Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (VASFAA), currently serves as the Senior Associate Director of Financial Aid & Scholarships for James Madison University. Immediately prior to JMU, he served as an Assistant Director of the Financial Aid Office at Virginia Commonwealth University. Brad has presented numerous sessions at state, regional, and national conferences, and has served on a variety of association committees. In addition to speaking at professional conferences, Brad has conducted an abundance of workshops and presentations in non-conference environments, including teaching a credit based financial literacy course at JMU entitled “Dollars and Sense.” Many of the topics Brad’s speaks on include communication, leadership, values, financial aid policies and procedures, financial literacy, and saving for college. He has also facilitated strategic planning and value development retreats.
Host: Is there a deadline to apply for financial aid or submit my FAFSA?
Brad Barnett: There is a deadline for submitting the FAFSA that s one is established by the federal government, but that s well into the school year. The most important you want to look at are the priority filing date. Every college is going to establish its own priority filing date on when they want you to complete the FAFSA. Some will be in February, some will be in March, some may be in April, some may not have any at all, but most schools are using some priority filing date. You want to make sure you meet that filing date no matter what, because at times it can increase your financial aid eligibility.