Each fall, high school seniors rush to meet their college application deadlines, eagerly waiting to see if they can gain acceptance into their top choice universities. This may seem like the most daunting step taken towards pursuing higher education, but another challenge lies ahead: paying for it.

Affording college is one of the biggest obstacles to earning a degree. College tuition can cost tens of thousands of dollars each year. In some cases, students are unable to attend as a result.

To help students and parents understand their options, the Stirling Road Branch Library and International College Counselors are hosting a free seminar open to parents and students in grades eight through 12 entitled “Tips and Tricks on Affording College” on Nov. 18 from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Stirling Road Branch Library.

“Every year, thousands of students and families let misconceptions about financial aid stop them from applying for – and getting – the aid they deserve for college. The expert college advisors at International College Counselors are here to set the record straight,” said Cheree Liebowitz from ICC.

Advisors from ICC will help familiarize students and parents with both need-based and merit-based aid, discussing how need-based aid is determined and how students can apply for various types of scholarships. They will also cover the specifics of completing important documents like the FAFSA, the CSS Profile, and IDOC.

“We feel [the upcoming program] will be of incredible benefit to the students and families in Broward County,” said Hostyk.

As neighbors, ICC and the library collaborate regularly.

“We reached out to them [ICC] because of their stellar reputation and because of their commitment to community service,” said Hannah Handler Hostyk, the co-president of the Friends of the Stirling Road Branch Library.

ICC and the library originally held a four-session program on college admissions, which was so well-received that parents and students requested a program focusing on financial aid.

“We have a great relationship with the library and are happy to help them whenever we can,” said Liebowitz.

If interested in attending, please rsvp at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/tips-and-tricks-on-affording-college-tickets-51458131657

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