In brief

Treasury: Completing the free application for Federal student aid is critical

LANSING — The Michigan Department of Treasury is reminding students and their families that the very first step to take when applying for scholarships and other forms of financial assistance is completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, commonly referred to as the FAFSA.

Priority consideration for state aid programs administered by Treasury’s Student Scholarships and Grants (SSG) Division are given to students whose FAFSA is received at the federal processor on March 1 or earlier.

“When you’re applying for financial aid, FAFSA should be your first stop,” said Anne Wohlfert, executive director of Treasury’s Office of Postsecondary Financial Planning. “This application is free and can help ensure you get as much financial aid as possible.”

Prior to completing the online FAFSA, the student and at least one parent must obtain a Federal Student Aid ID (FSA ID) at This ID serves as a legal signature and confirms an applicant’s identity when accessing financial aid information through certain U.S. Department of Education websites.

To get started with the FAFSA, go to www.fafsa. gov. To learn more about state of Michigan scholarships and other financial assistance programs, go to MI Student Aid’s website at www.michigan. gov/mistudentaid or call toll-free at 1-888-447- 2687. Follow @MiStudentAid on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Snapchat. — G.G.

‘Intellectual Property Basics’ Small Business Workshop

GENESEE COUNTY — You’ve heard the terms Patent, Trademark, and Copyright. We will be talking about all of these, how they are used and what type of protection they can give your ideas, your name, your logo, and more.

The I-69 Trade Corridor Region of the MI-SBDC is excited to bring you “Intellectual Property Basics” on Wednesday, March 11, from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Hosted by Dock 421 in Algonac. Rebecca Wilson from The Dobrusin Law Firm will present “Intellectual Property Basics”.

For registration, click on the following web link: mode=event&event=60400017

Details: Visit the MI-SBDC website at or call the I-69 Trade Corridor Regional office in Flint at 810-762-9660. -— G.G.