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Financial Aid Information Nights Set at Two Local High Schools

Free Financial Aid Information Nights will be hosted at two local schools in November and January.

The first session will be at 6 p.m. Nov. 14 at Williamsport Area High School, Room A124, and the second will be at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 12 in the South Williamsport Junior/Senior High School cafeteria. Students and parents from either school can attend either event.

The all-encompassing sessions are to help students, prospective students and families understand the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Applicants should note that the 2017-18 FAFSA can be completed three months earlier than in past years and will use income data from 2015.

“The financial aid process can be overwhelming and confusing, especially the first time,” South Williamsport counselor Verna Correll said. “This is an excellent opportunity for students to learn helpful information about the FAFSA application process, grants, loans and scholarships. This valuable evening is open to college-bound students of all ages and their parents.”

The FAFSA is required by colleges and universities to determine whether students are eligible for federal and state grants, student and parent loans, and scholarships.

The primary goal of the two evening sessions is to assist individuals and families in understanding the financial aid process so that funds can be made available to students pursuing higher education. Parents and students attending any college or university are invited to receive this free information.

WAHS counselor Carole Heckel said, “These programs are so helpful for parents and students to navigate this new world of college costs for the first time.”

“I am pleased that we are again able to join forces with these two high schools to offer this opportunity to ensure students are maximizing financial aid resources,” said Dennis Correll, associate dean for enrollment management at Penn College. (The college assists the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency with the South Williamsport and Williamsport sessions; PHEAA and/or other institutions handle the presentations in school districts elsewhere in Lycoming County and across the state.)

Registration is not required for the information sessions. Those with school-specific questions should contact Carole Heckel or Verna Correll in their respective district counseling offices.

For information about Penn College, a national leader in applied technology education and workforce development, email the Admissions Office or call toll-free 800-367-9222.