Help is on the way

One man is on many students’ minds today: Benjamin. Many reasons have come into play on why it is hard to make “Benjamins,” or money. Now St. Clair Community College is offering free help to those seeking financial aid.
There has already been a presentation in Port Huron on January 5 and there will be another night devoted to financial aid and scholarship help on January 26 at the Sanilac Career Center.
Josephine Cassar, Executive Director of Financial Assistance and Services, was the representative at the M-Tech Building here at SC4. About 200 people showed up for the night event.
“This is a ‘financial aid 101’ class that gives the general ideas of financial aid,” said Cassar. “It is important for students to realize how important financial aid is. It can be like the early bird gets the worm.”
And that worm is as exposed as it has ever been. With loss of job percentages rising and the enrollment record breaking, students are facing longer lines at financial aid registration.
“The event that was in Port Huron and the events coming up in Sanilac and Huron Counties are not the only nights we will be doing this,” said Shawn Starkey, Executive Director of Public Relations, Marketing and Legislative Affairs. “We have representatives that go to different school districts and present this information as well.”
Collegebound.com presented some fact and fictions about the financial aid process. One fiction that may be on students minds is once the school year starts, it’s too late to apply for financial aid. However, the fact of the matter is, it’s not. Students have from January 1, the earliest date for completion of FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid), till 18 months after January 1.
“Another event that is coming up will be College Goal Sunday,” Starkey said. “This is on February 14 and is more of a one-on-one approach to help students fill out FAFSA and scholarship applications.”
This free event is planned to make it easy for students to get all necessary paperwork completed, even if it is just simply filling out their name.
“Let’s say it took you 10 hours to fill out a scholarship for 500 dollars,” said Cassar. “That’s 50 dollars an hour that you’ve earned if you receive the scholarship.”
Who doesn’t want to make 50 dollars an hour?

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