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Parents invited to learn about financial aid

• Oct 3, 2017 at 11:00 AM

Between sports, homework and part-time jobs, high school seniors are also thinking of where they want to be next fall.

The Tri-Cities College Access Network (TCAN) hopes every senior is planning for the future and thinking about their post-high school education. Families can receive help with financial aid at events hosted by the network at 7 tonight (Tuesday, Oct. 3) at Grand Haven High School’s Performing Arts Center and at 6:30 p.m. Thursday (Oct. 5) at Spring Lake High School.

TCAN is hosting its annual Applied Week at Spring Lake High School the week of Oct. 9-13 and at Grand Haven High School the week of Oct. 16-20. Dedicated time and space will be set aside at each school during the school day for volunteers and students to complete the application process together.

In addition, families will be encouraged to start completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). FAFSA is now available to file for the 2018-19 school year.

Contrary to what many think, students do not need to know exactly what college they will be attending in the fall to complete the FAFSA. Filling it out early is important. This change of being able to complete the FAFSA now should help families, since they should already have their tax information because they will use their 2016 tax return to complete the application this fall.

In addition, families should feel less pressure because they have more time to explore and understand their financial aid options.

Visit fafsa.ed.gov for more information.

Students who earn a bachelor’s degree on average make $30,000 more than a student with just a high school diploma. By 2025, it’s projected in the state of Michigan that 65 percent of jobs will require at least some education after high school.

Visit the TCAN webpage at ghacf.org under “Initiatives” for more information. Any additional questions may be directed to TCAN advisor Jana Reenders at [email protected]

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