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Local workshops aimed at helping students plan for college

High school students throughout the Lowcountry – and their families, too – can learn more about post-secondary options at two regional workshops.

The “College Goal South Carolina” workshops are designed to assist college-bound students and their families with the college application process, scholarship opportunities and the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).  Completing the FAFSA form is the first step to receiving federal aid at college and is a requirement for most college students who plan to pay for college with the help of grants, work study funds, student loans and scholarships.

This month’s workshops will be at the following locations:

•  Technical College of the Lowcountry-Beaufort Campus: Saturday, Feb. 21, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (Building 12, Student Center, 921 Ribaut Road).
•  Wade Hampton High School: 115 Airport Road in Varnville, Hampton County: Thursday, Feb. 26, 4-7 p.m.

Participants should bring:

•  Social Security number (or Alien Registration Number, if applicable)
•  Students’, parents’ or guardians’ most recent federal income tax returns, W-2s, and other records of money earned.
•  Federal Student Aid PIN to sign electronically (visit www.pin.ed.gov to get one).

Although the workshops will be hosted by TCL, they are designed to help students applying to any college. College Goal South Carolina is supported by the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education and the South Carolina Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators, with additional assistance through
USA Funds. For more information, visit www.collegegoalsc.org or contact your high school counselor. An additional contact is Alison Meacham, TCL Recruiting Coordinator (843-525-8356 or ameacham@tcl.edu.

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