Students enjoying lunch in the food court at Taylorsville Redwood Campus on Friday, Feb. 1, 2013 were surprised and entertained by a dance flash mob.
Once the FAFSA have been received from the federal processor, the financial aid staff can then begin the process and help students get all the forms in to receive financial aid.
The FAFSA should be filled out as soon as the student files their 2012 federal taxes. For more information contact Financial Aid at 801-957-4410.
Tess Boone, SLCC dance professor, coordinated the dance mob for a unique way to bring attention to the financial aid department.
“Financial aid contacted us,” said Boone. “They were talking about some fun way to get the word out that there’s money available though financial aid for students.”
Christopher Chandler, financial aid specialist, wants students to start thinking about getting their taxes and financial aid ready for next year. Students who want to get money for school are required to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
“February is officially our FAFSA February where we focus on getting people’s FAFSAs done early so that they can get [through the] financial aid process a lot easier,” said Chandler.
At around noon, students walked into the food court and arranged themselves in groups.
When the music began to play over the speakers, the students burst into a short dance.
Boone wanted to make sure that the flash mob music would connect with the money available for students through financial aid.
“We already had some choreography, so we adapted it,” said Boone. “It’s Money Honey by Lady Gaga, so it’s a perfect find.”
After the dance, Chandler reminded students to get all of their financial aid paperwork done early to make sure that they would have the money when they needed it.
“We wanted to do it because it’s FAFSA February, so we do it in February and kick it off on February first with a flash mob to kind of get awareness going,” said Chandler.
Dance student Kristen Aoki danced in the flash mob. She has been dancing for 18 years and was happy to add a little surprise to people’s lives.
“I love dancing,” said Aoki. “It’s just such a surprise when you see this flash mob coming and all these people having fun and dancing. It’s just one of those fun little treats, a break in the day to get the whole crazy rat race of life. To say ‘oh there is some light and funness in school.’”