Learn the Ins and Outs of Financial Aid

Learn the ins and outs of college financial aid at LSC-Kingwood's upcoming Education Expo on Tuesday, February 17.

The thought of paying for college puts many parents and students into a cold sweat, but Carolyn Wade, director of financial aid at LSC-Kingwood, says she's here to help. 

"People are sometimes surprised to hear me say it, but we are here to help people whether they plan to attend LSC-Kingwood or some other institution.  The most important thing is that we want them to have the opportunity to get an education," says Wade.

During the college's Education Expo, Wade will be conducting two financial aid seminars.  The seminars will be thirty to forty minute general information sessions followed by question and answer time.  Pertinent information that will be addressed includes everything from where to look for financial aid, how to apply for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), what paperwork is required, and explanations of priority deadlines.

Wade says, "We're excited to offer these financial aid seminars.  February is Financial Aid Awareness Month and we want to give people the inside information necessary to be successful in their efforts."

Two important tips Wade wants to share with parents and students is to apply early and follow-up.  She also advises them to apply even if they don't think they qualify.  "You may think that you don't qualify but there may be special circumstances, due to changes in job situation, health issues or any number of things that could change your status."

The two financial aid seminars will be offered at 5 p.m. and then again at 6:45 p.m. in the Student Center/Fine Arts Theatre.  The Education Expo will be open from 5 to 8 p.m. and is free and open to the public.  Drawings for great prizes, food and more will be a part of this showcase event. The first 250 people will receive a free t-shirt.

In addition to financial aid information, representatives from career, academic, and continuing education programs will be available to answer questions and provide one-on-one assistance.

Testing services will also be available, including the opportunity for participants to take the Campbell Interest and Skill Survey (CISS) at no charge.  The CISS assesses an individual's vocational interests and abilities.  Personalized analysis can be arranged with a LSC-Kingwood career placement professional.

This family-friendly event will provide the ideal opportunity to have all your academic questions answered.  For more information call 281-312-1558 or visit Kingwood.LoneStar.edu/EducationExpo.

Choose from daytime, evening, weekend or online classes.  LSC-Kingwood has a full lineup of exciting courses ready when you are.  Whether your future includes training for a new career, updating job skills or transferring to a four-year university, we can help guide you on the road to success.

For general information about Lone Star College-Kingwood, call 281-312-1600 or visit our Web site at Kingwood.LoneStar.edu.

Lone Star College System consists of five colleges, including Cy-Fair, Kingwood, Montgomery, North Harris, and Tomball, six centers and the Lone Star College-University Center. With 49,250 students, it is the largest college system in the Houston area, and third largest community college district in Texas. To learn more, visit LoneStar.edu.