Free financial aid information night scheduled at area high schools

A free Financial Aid Information Night opportunity will be available for two local schools in January.

College-bound students of all ages and their parents from South Williamsport Junior/Senior High School and Williamsport Area High School are invited to the combined event at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 12 in the South Williamsport Junior/Senior High School cafeteria.

The primary goal of the session is to assist individuals and families in understanding the financial aid process so that funds can be made available to students pursuing higher education at any college or university.

The all-encompassing session will help families understand the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. The FAFSA – https://fafsa.ed.gov – is required by colleges and universities to determine whether students are eligible for federal and state grants, student and parent loans, and scholarships. The 2017-18 FAFSA was able to 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,” South Williamsport counselor Verna Correll said. “This is an excellent opportunity for students and parents to learn helpful information about the FAFSA application process, as well as grants, loans and scholarships.”

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

“I am pleased that we are able to join forces with these two high schools to offer this opportunity to ensure students are maximizing financial aid resources,” said Dennis L. Correll, associate dean for enrollment management at Pennsylvania College of Technology. (The college assists the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency with the combined South Williamsport and Williamsport session; 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 session. Those with school-specific questions should contact Verna Correll or Carole Heckel in their respective district counseling offices.

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