Wondering How to Pay for College? Financial Aid Information Nights May Help
The first of a series of financial aid information nights will take place tonight, Jan. 15, at Brandon High School.
Although the old adage says you can't put a price on a good education, the fact of the matter is it costs a lot of money to wangle that bachelor's degree.
In its most recent survey of college costs, the College Board reported that a moderate college budget for an in-state public college for the 2012–13 academic year averaged a record $22,261, up 3.8 percent from 2011-12.
Double that for a private college.
And tuition accounted for only a portion of the increase. The College Board, a national nonprofit organization that provides help for college-bound students, said fees alone rose 4.8 percent to $8,655. In addition, higher dorm, cafeteria, books and other expenses added significantly to the overall increase.
As a result, more and more parents are depending on tax breaks and tuition assistance to pay for their child's college education.
To help parents wade through the red tape required to receive financial aid, Hillsborough County Public Schools Guidance Services is hosting a series of financial aid information nights for high school students and their families.
University financial aid representatives will explain the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) process, review how colleges and universities compile financial aid packages, and discuss available federal aid.
Meetings will take place:
Tuesday, Jan. 15, at Brandon High School, 1101 Victoria St., Brandon
Thursday, Jan. 17, at Jefferson High School, 4401 W. Cypress St., Tampa
Thursday, Jan. 24, at Gaither High School, 16200 N. Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa
Tuesday, Jan. 29, at Riverview High School, 11311 Boyette Rd., Riverview
Thursday, Jan. 31, at Hillsborough High School, 5000 N. Central Ave., Tampa
All meetings start at 7 p.m. in the school auditorium. For more information, call 813-273-7203.