Paying for College Regional Nights are drawing to a close for the 2014 season. With 19 regional events and 4 independently-hosted events, UHEAA, a subsidiary of the Utah System of Higher Education, has served 3,537 Utahns. Paying for College Nights are attended by high school students and their families to learn about the various options to pay for college. Students learn about college savings and the benefits of filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (the FAFSA) , information about grants, understanding student loans, and access to Work-Study programs. The events highlight dozens of resources that exist to help pay for college – such as the importance of searching and applying for many scholarships, which are available for a wide range of accomplishments. Representatives from the Utah Educational Savings Plan (UESP) also attend these events to make sure sure parents and students know the benefits of saving for college through Utah’s top-ranked 529 Educational Savings Plan, one of the most widely recognized in the nation.
Students and their families also have opportunities to meet with representatives from Utah’s public and private non-profit colleges and universities. Students can learn about the admissions process, financial aid options unique to individual colleges, programs offered by various universities, and of course, student life at each institution.
The final Paying for College Night will be held tonight, Wednesday, November 19th from 6 – 8 pm at Woods Cross High School. Every student in grades 9 – 12 who attends a Paying for College Night is eligible to apply for the Super Short Essay Scholarship contest. Two students will be awarded a brand-new MacBook Air laptop and $250 towards the cost of college. Students of all ages are welcome! For more information, visit www.facebook.com/uheaa and click on the Fin Aid Night Scholarship tab.