Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Local College to Hold "Money for College" Event

Whether you are in college, will be soon or are thinking of returning to college after being away for a while, free financial aid opportunities are available for those who qualify. On Sunday, Feb. 27, 2011, South Texas College will host College Goal Sunday to help anyone interested in applying for much-needed money for college.

“We will have financial aid experts on hand to help students complete their FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) applications, and give information on the different programs available including grants and scholarships,” said Mike Carranza, associate dean of student financial services at STC.

South Texas College’s Pecan Campus in McAllen, Mid-Valley Campus in Weslaco and Starr County Campus in Rio Grande City will be open from 2 to 4 p.m. that day. Look for the Student Services building at each campus. Private counseling areas and computers will be available for applicant use and attendants will be available to assist in both English and Spanish.
“All applicants will be entered into a drawing for a $250 book allowance give away, which will certainly make a dent in those textbook costs,” added Carranza. “We hope to see lots of current and prospective students come out and take advantage of the opportunity to get their financial aid paperwork done early. The financial aid pool narrows as the year goes on and this year, it’s more important than ever to get in the consideration pool early.”

Applicants must bring in a 2010 income tax return (parent or spouse returns will be required), social security card, a state issued ID, driver’s license or resident alien card and proof of other income benefits (TANF, SSI, etc.). For those planning to attend classes during summer 2011, applicants must also provide a 2009 income tax return.

For additional information about financial aid opportunities at STC call 956-872-8311 or visit

Photo caption:
Students work at the 2010 STC College Goal Sunday event to let others know about the importance of applying for financial aid early.

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