District to host free college financial aid workshop

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The Beaufort County School District is sponsoring a free workshop Nov. 8 to discuss options to help finance college educations.

The primary target audience is high school students and their parents. More than 300 students and parents attended last year’s sessions.

“In past years, our college finance workshops were focused on high school juniors and seniors,” said Geri Henderson, the school district’s Director of Secondary Education.  “This year we’re opening up to include parents of all high school students because it’s never too early to start planning for college and gathering information about scholarships and grants.”

The workshop will be held from 6-7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 8, in Beaufort High School’s Performing Arts Center.

Presenters will include representatives from the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education; the South Carolina Tuition Grants Commission; the University of South Carolina at Beaufort; the Technical College of the Lowcountry; South Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities; Scholarships for Military Families; the Community Foundation of the Lowcountry; and South Carolina Vocational Rehabilitation.

Presenters will cover the basics of applying for financial aid, including FAFSA and the CSS Profile.  Information also will be presented on local, state and national grants, loans and scholarship opportunities.

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