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Free Financial Aid Assistance
Offered Feb. 12

RELEASED: Feb. 9, 2006

EAU CLAIRE — Financial aid specialists from four western Wisconsin higher education institutions will be available Feb. 12 to help high school seniors and their families apply for financial aid.

Free financial aid assistance will be provided beginning at 2 p.m. Feb. 12 at the Chippewa Valley Technical College's main campus on Clairemont Avenue in Eau Claire.

Financial aid professionals from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, CVTC, UW-Stout and the Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College will provide hands-on assistance to families who want help completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, which is considered to be an essential first step to attaining financial aid for higher education.

The help session is part of Wisconsin's first College Goal Sunday, a statewide effort to help low-income and first-generation college families access federal and state college aid, said Kathy Sahlhoff, director of Financial Aid at UW-Eau Claire.

With the increasing cost of higher education, many students and their families may assume they cannot afford to further their education, said Bonnie Dockry, program coordinator for the Department of Public Instruction and coordinator of the College Goal Sunday program in Eau Claire. But financial aid is available to many students in the forms of state and federal grants, work-study programs, scholarships, low-interest loans and other assistance, she said.

"Students and their families need to apply for financial aid to learn about the options available to them," Dockry said.

Sunday's event is being sponsored by the Wisconsin Association for Student Financial Aid Administrators with a grant from the Lumina Foundation for Education.

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