As of Feb. 1, local high schools kicked off their month long FAFSA nights.
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FAFSA allows students with no means for higher education to pursue a career.
El Paso Community College has partnered with The University of Texas at El Paso and the Greater El Paso Chamber of Commerce to help kids looking to afford a college education.
From 4:30-7:30 p.m., parents and student can attend one of these nights at a local high school and be aided by financial aid experts.
They will be there to help guide and answer any question a parent or student may have when submitting an application.
Former EPCC student Dalila Huerta recalls FAFSA nights being “extremely insightful and a great way to get a young students foot through the door of higher education.”
“What holds families back is finances. We want to get through that process to get them aid for any college or university,” said Linda Gonzalez, Vice President of Student Services of EPCC.
The nights are meant to guide students passed the thought of not being able to attend a school because of financial burdens, but give them a chance at higher education.
Tony Sigala, member of the Chamber, explained further on the importance of the partnership between the Chamber of Commerce and the El Paso Community College, “In 1970, twenty percent of jobs required post-secondary education, by 2020 we’re looking at closer to 60.”
Billions of dollars are made available to new students each year through federal grants, scholarships and loans attending these evenings can get anyone on the right track to learning more about these opportunities.
Gonzalez understands the possible hesitation in some students, “It can be intimidating the first time you do it. We help them walk through the process with financial aid experts.”
Students who take part in these events also enter for a chance to win a $1,000 scholarship as a part of extra incentive to attend.
For more information as to where and when the events will be held at a high school computer lab near you visit www.elpaso.org/fafsanights.
For any further information, contact Raul Lerma at (915) 831-2565.