Campus News 2011

For Immediate Release
January 7, 2011

Schreiner to host Financial Aid Nights at local high schools

Schreiner University will offer Financial Aid Nights at four area high schools for families of high school seniors to ask questions about and get help filling out FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Aid) forms. A Schreiner financial aid counselor and Carrie Murr, associate director of admission, will give a short presentation on the importance of the FAFSA and answer questions. 2010 tax returns for parents and students, social security numbers and any 2010 W-2s will be required to fill out the financial aid form.
 
“Many families believe that a FAFSA is only for low-income families who are seeking Pell grants, but in actuality the FAFSA is the gateway to all federal aid, most state aid and a wide variety of institutional and outside scholarships and grants,” said Toni Bryant, associate dean of admission and financial aid and director of financial aid. “We recommend that every family, no matter their income level, complete the FAFSA at least once-for each child. Situations change. It’s worth an hour if it makes your child eligible for any form of financial aid.”
 
The Financial Aid Nights will be at Our Lady of the Hills High School, 6 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 12; Tivy High School, 5:30 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 27; Ingram-Tom Moore High School, 6 p.m., Monday, Feb. 7; and at Medina High School, 5:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 21.
 
“Prospective college students and their families can be quick to dismiss private colleges from their short lists, thinking that the tuition puts them out of reach for low- to middle-income people,” Bryant added. “What they may not realize is that private colleges expect to provide substantial aid to qualified students with need. The only way to find out what a private university will cost is to submit a FAFSA and discuss it with a college financial aid counselor.”
 
For more information about the Financial Aid Nights, contact the high school guidance counselors. For more information about Schreiner, visit the University’s website at www.schreiner.edu.

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