Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Financial Aid Night planned for high school seniors and their parents

(Greenville) A College Financial Aid Night is planned for high school seniors and their parents at 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 9, 2012, at Edison Community College in Greenville.

The program is being coordinated by Bridges to College and Edison Community College.

“If students are planning to attend college this fall, they and their parents should plan to attend this free program,” said Beth Sears, Bridges to College Executive Director.

Kristina Pruett, coordinator of grants and scholarships at Edison Community College, will give an overview of the financial aid process including filling out the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).

“College students who are seeking federal grants, loans or work-study must fill out the FAFSA,” Sears said.

The deadline for completing the FAFSA varies per college, but most deadlines are in late winter or early spring. Students should check with their colleges to find out what the colleges’ financial aid deadlines are.

“Students miss out on financial aid opportunities because they miss these important deadlines,” Sears said.

Sears emphasized that this financial aid night is for students who are applying to any college – not just Edison Community College.

“We are working with Edison to offer this program because, in the past, many parents have asked for more information about the financial aid component,” Sears said.

Bridges to College is a non-profit organization that helps more students go to college through mentoring, programming and scholarships. While it serves students in the Greenville and Ansonia school districts, it is offering this program to all Darke County high school seniors and their parents.

For more information about the Financial Aid Night, please contact Beth Sears, Executive Director of Bridges to College, at 423-2442 or 548-4188, ext. 896, or email her at

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