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August 6, 2020


Donna Scott-Martin

(301) 699-3500, ext. 6152

Library Offers Online FAFSA Application Assistance with Brainfuse

Largo, Maryland – The Prince George’s County Memorial Library System (PGCMLS) announces the newest enhancement to the online library: free live assistance for completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) application via Brainfuse HelpNow. This new service provides students and families with personalized support as they navigate the process of applying to college and seeking federal financial aid. FAFSA tutors are available Monday-Thursday (2-11 pm EST) to assist students and parents with the FAFSA application at any stage in the application process.

Visit the PGCMLS Brainfuse HelpNow webpage (library card required) and locate the “Featured Service” section in the bottom-left under Expert Help. Enter this section to connect with a live FAFSA tutor. PGCMLS and Brainfuse are excited to launch this new service, which supports customers during the period of extended virtual learning and will help students stay on track for personal advancement.

Brainfuse HelpNow offers an array of additional learning resources for Prince Georgians. The extended hours for English/Spanish HelpNow live tutoring (1-11:55 pm) will continue through September 1, 2020. Although Brainfuse’s summer camp will be ending soon, SkillSurfer, a library of lessons, videos, test and more, is available year-round.

The Library also helps students prepare for standardized tests and writing college admissions essays through the EBSCO LearningExpress online resource. Prepare for the PSAT/NMSQT®, ACT®, SAT®, AP®, ASVAB, and more to advance higher education and vocational opportunities. Check the PGCMLS virtual events calendar regularly for related programming, such as virtual career chats and conversations about the college experience.

About Prince George’s County Memorial Library System

The Prince George’s County Memorial Library System (PGCMLS) helps customers discover and define opportunities that shape their lives. The Library serves the 915,000+ residents of Prince George’s County, Maryland through 19 branch libraries, a 24/7 online library, and pop-up services throughout the community. PGCMLS is a responsive and trusted community-driven organization. Programs, services, and outreach activities serve booklovers, immigrants and refugees, job seekers, children, young professionals, seniors, and families alike. The Books from Birth and Ready 2 Read programs make the Library the primary source of early literacy education and Kindergarten readiness programs in the County. PGCMLS’ robust online offerings include curated content collections for kids, teens, educators, Spanish speakers, and more. Special programs include the D.R.E.A.M. Lab, STEM Pals, and 3D printing, which offer teens and lifelong learners with opportunities to learn cutting-edge technology and STEM skills for job readiness or personal enrichment. The Library’s Laurel Branch Library received the 2018 AIA/ALA Library Building Award and was designated the best new public building in Maryland.