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MJC offers free financial aid workshops for college & college-bound students

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POSTED January 22, 2010 2:48 a.m.
MODESTO – Modesto Junior College will hold two financial aid workshops – Financial Aid Night for all current and prospective college students on Tuesday, Jan. 26, and Cash for College Night for high school seniors and recent high school graduates on Tuesday, Feb. 23.  

Both events will be held at 6 p.m. in Sierra Hall 132 on MJC’s West Campus, located at 2201 Blue Gum Avenue in Modesto.  The workshops are free, open to the public and no advance registration is necessary.

The workshops will be of value to any current college student or college-bound student who needs help meeting college expenses, either at MJC or at another institution. The workshops will offer an overview of the application process including a step-by-step review of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) with pointers for successful completion of the form. Attendees will receive timely information on the types of financial aid available including federal and state grants, fee waivers and scholarships. Financial aid technicians will be available to answer specific questions at the conclusion of each presentation.

Most high school students will need to report parental information on their financial aid application form and may find it helpful to have their parents attend the Feb. 23 workshop with them.  Also, high school students attending that night will have a chance to win a Cash for College Scholarship of $1,000.  Financial Aid technicians will be available to help seniors with their FAFSA so they can submit them by the Cal Grant deadline of March 2 and qualify to enter the scholarship drawing.  There are a number of reasons students should start the application process early including:

•Many programs, including the Cal Grant Program, have application deadlines early in the year.  

•Funding is limited in many programs and may be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.

•An early application allows ample time to make any necessary corrections to the application.

•Students can receive notification of financial aid eligibility prior to college attendance.

•Peace of mind that comes from knowing that steps have been taken to address this important component of preparation for college.

 MJC’s financial aid staff is available on an on-going basis to assist with the application process and to answer questions for both students who plan to attend MJC, as well as students who will attend other institutions.  More information on the FAFSA is available and a FAFSA form may be submitted online at www.fafsa.ed.gov.  For more information on financial aid or the workshops call the MJC Financial Aid Office at 575-7700 or visit the website www.mjc.edu/financialaid.
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