No cost to attend; presenters include reps from state and local agencies

Financial aid workshops scheduled for students and parents
Posted on 11/02/2018
Piggy bank and graduation cap

Friday, November 2, 2018

Free workshops aimed at providing useful
information on financial aid for college

BEAUFORT – The Beaufort County School District is sponsoring a pair of free workshops next week about how 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 first workshop will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 7, in Bluffton High School’s Performing Arts Center from 6-7:30 p.m.  An identical workshop will be held on Thursday, Nov. 8, in Beaufort High School’s Performing Arts Center, also from 6-7:30 p.m. 

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.