Applying for college and getting financial aid may seem confusing, but it doesn’t have to be. Aldine ISD is ready to help students and their families by helping demystify the process.
There are many options to finance college. Denise Keaton advises families to get familiar with grants and scholarships as early as possible. Keaton serves as the coordinator of student financial aid. She stressed that back-to-school is a great time to focus on future plans like college and career goals.
“I encourage high school students and their families to attend a session to learn about the college application and financial aid processes,” said Keaton. “Families want to know about college financing. This is especially important when students are juniors and seniors in high school. However, middle school is not too early to start talking about college. Families need to learn how to plan and prepare to finance their child’s education.”
Parents need to talk about interests and talents to help their child think how these might translate into a college major.
“Students have a chance to go to college or pursue a certification in a field after high school,” said Dr. Charlotte J. Davis, director of guidance and counseling. “Higher education is possible. We have staff to help guide students on their path to success and to achieving their dreams.”
According to Keaton, most students and parents may be aware about federal financial aid. But she stressed that many were unaware of Pell Grants and other forms of aid. Financial aid awards are funded and regulated by federal and state governments, which is why applying for and receiving financial aid is a process.
The Scholarship Office is hosting several Financial Aid Information Sessions for parents and students. The presentations will give information about college applications and the financial aid process. For example, parents will learn about the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Families that attend can also ask questions to help them better understand the processes and be aware of resources.
Please note that Blanson Career and Technical Education High School (aka Blanson CTE HS/Blanson CTEHS) does not have a session planned at the campus this year. However, Blanson CTEHS students can attend any session listed below.
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