Community leaders and government host college aid night

2013-02-20T00:00:00Z Community leaders and government host college aid nightBy Times Staff nwitimes.com
February 20, 2013 12:00 am  • 

GARY | U.S. Rep. Peter Visclosky, Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson, and Gary Community Schools Corporation Superintendent Dr. Cheryl Pruitt will join the U.S. Department of Education and 10 local colleges and universities to highlight financial aid resources offered by the federal government at a free College Financial Aid and Opportunity Night from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday.

“These are the types of events that will help college-bound students go on to do great things in higher education and beyond. We’re encouraging them to attend and ask questions about the financial aid process, deadlines, and scholarship opportunities,” Pruitt said.

The evening’s program at the Gary Area Career Center, 1800 E. 35th Ave., will feature a presentation from Richard Blasen of the U.S. Department of Education. discussing the availability of federal financial aid programs, including federal grants, federal work study, and federal student loans.

“It’s very important that families understand that FAFSA.gov is the official website to apply for Federal Student Aid” said Blasen. “In addition, we encourage families to visit StudentAid.gov to learn more about the federal financial aid process, scholarships, as well as how to apply for aid.”

Colleges and universities parrticipating in the Financial Aid and Opportunity Night are: Calumet College of St. Joseph, DeVry University – School of Management, Ivy Tech Community College, Indiana University Northwest Kaplan College, Purdue University Calumet, Purdue University North Central, St. Joseph’s College, South Suburban College and Valparaiso University.

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