Learn about financial aid, scholarships in Kalamazoo area

Let the Kalamazoo Community Foundation show you some options for scholarships and grants in higher education.

If you have a high-schooler at home, you know the topic of college comes up a lot, especially if your son or daughter is a junior or senior. But if you’re a parent, you also know that higher education isn’t cheap and sometimes it requires you to get a little creative when it comes to funding four years at community college or university.

The 2011 Kalamazoo Area Financial Aid Night aims to give parents and caregivers alike some tools to help navigate the options for financial aid and scholarships, according to The Kalamazoo Gazette. Set for 7 p.m. Jan. 10, the event is free of charge and will be held at the Kalamazoo Educational Service Agency, Wile Auditorium, 1819 E. Milham Road, Portage.

The event is hosted by the Kalamazoo Community Foundation, which last year gave away more than $1 million in dozens of merit- and need-based scholarships to students in and around Kalamazoo, according to the Gazette. Pre-registration is not necessary.

Families are encouraged to help expedite the scholarship and grant process by logging onto www.fafsa.ed.gov and completing a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Before it can be filled out, students need to obtain a PIN through the site, which can take a few weeks to process.

To learn more about what you can expect from the Kalamazoo Area Financial Aid Night, check out the Gazette’s article here.

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