11/20/2013 — 

PROVIDENCE, RI - U.S. Senator Jack Reed will host his annual College Financial Aid Workshop next Monday, November 25 at 7:00 p.m. at Johnston Senior High School to help ensure prospective college students know how to access available financial aid. 

Reed’s free, informational College Financial Aid Workshop is designed to help high school students and their families get a better sense of the financial aid options available at the federal and state levels; the eligibility criteria for these different types of aid; and the application process.

It is never too early for students and their families to begin focusing on how to pay for college, and Senator Reed encourages current high school seniors to begin the process now so they can take full advantage of all available resources.

During the workshop, financial aid and education experts will offer tips and discuss the loan and grant application process; what to expect when applying for financial aid; the process of paying back student loans; and tax benefits to assist with college expenses.  This year’s panelists include representatives from the Rhode Island Higher Education Assistance Authority, the Rhode Island Student Loan Authority, the College Planning Center of Rhode Island, the Rhode Island Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators, and the Rhode Island Society of Certified Public Accountants.

“College is expensive and applying for financial aid can be complex and daunting,” said Reed.  “My goal is to ensure Rhode Islanders know all their options and have a chance to ask experts questions so they can learn the most effective way to pay for college and reduce their debt burden.  This workshop will help families and students find financial aid opportunities to make college more affordable.”

RSVP HERE to register for the workshop. 

WHO: U.S. Senator Jack Reed

Charles Kelley, Executive Director at Rhode Island Student Loan Authority

Gail E. Mance-Rios, Deputy Director at Rhode Island Higher Education Assistance Authority

Stacy Crooks, Associate Director at College Planning Center of Rhode Island              

Anna Kelly, In-coming President at Rhode Island Association Student Financial Aid Administrators

Kristy Hurtt, Rhode Island Society of Certified Public Accountants Representative

Dr. Bernard DiLullo, Jr., Superintendent of Schools

Zachary Farrell, Principal at Johnston High School

Karen Shewcov, Principal’s Administrative Assistant at Johnston High School

WHEN: Monday, November 25th from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.

WHERE: Johnston Senior High School Auditorium

345 Cherry Hill Road