Here's a way to make the process of planning for it much easier. The hardest part is often getting started, so all you have to do is show up with an open mind to one of several free programs at the Central Library in the coming weeks.
The "Plan, Prepare and Pay for College" series is the result of a partnership with the College Prep Collaborative.
The programs range from a look at the CommonApp — the most common online college application you'll encounter — to the fundamentals of financial aid regardless of income.
Here's a list of programs:
Monday, September 9th 6:30-7:30 pm
The CommonApp is the most widely used online college application. The common app is now called the CA4…the problem is most people aren’t aware of the changes. Get a head start! There are over 450 member colleges that use this system to accept college admissions applications, and it is used by 99% of all guidance counselors and students to submit college applications. However, the online system has never been easy to navigate, complete, or understand; and most high schools do not offer classes on the CommonApp. Make senior year less stressful by becoming a pro at the CommonApp and by accessing your essay topics early! Get a jump on your classmates and feel confident. This seminar is perfect for high school (and rising) seniors. Call 943-9080 ext. 6 to register.
SAT/ACT Tips & Strategies to Raise Your Score
Monday, September 16th 6:30-7:30 pm
Colleges treat the SAT® and the ACT® equally, and taking the wrong test could cost you in terms of both admissions and scholarship money. Which test should you take? Our combined diagnostic assessment identifies whether you should take the SAT® or the ACT®. Call 943-9080 ext. 6 to register.
The Scholarship Edge for College-Bound Students and Their Parents
Tuesday, October 8th 6:30-7:30 pm
This seminar is perfect for parents and college-bound students, ages 0-18 who want to learn how to fund college with scholarships. Learn the latest techniques for scholarship searching and organizing to win scholarships regardless of income. Find out about “Googling for dollars”, “cyber begging”, and how to use other social media to fund your college dreams! Paying less for college is smart. We know the sites that you should be on and how to get more FREE money for college. Call 943-9080 ext. 6 to register.
Financial Aid Fundamentals Regardless of Income
Monday, October 28th 6:30-7:30 pm
This seminar is perfect for parents with college-bound students in grades 9 through 12. Funding college is challenging for every family. We will review the FAFSA, CSS PROFILE, and Institutional Forms that are required to receive financial aid. Learn why filing for financial aid is a good idea-regardless of your income! We will also cover deadlines, grants, and scholarships, common errors, funding options, and new FAFSA changes for 2014. Reviewing how to pay for college is smart before you panic that the bill needs to be paid! Join us for tips, strategies, and shortcuts to help you get more money. Call 943-9080 ext. 6 to register.
College Debt Repayment, Forgiveness, & Cancellation
Tuesday, December 3rd 6:30-7:30 pm
This seminar will focus on how to effectively manage college debt and get rid of college debt. Learn about federal and private consolidation options, how to lower payments, old and new loan forgiveness programs, and loan cancellation options. Get the insider’s scoop on the facts that the media and your lender do NOT tell you. This is a very popular topic; please pre-register. If you have student loan debt, your kids or grandchildren are acquiring student loan debt, this will help your save money! Call 943-9080 ext. 6 to register.