Guest View | Eric Zarnikow: State offers college funding help

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It’s understandably difficult to focus right now on plans for college or training after high school. In the face of a global pandemic, education itself has been upended over the last seven months. And it is especially difficult for students who are low income, and for students of color, whose communities have been disproportionately impacted by the pandemic.

Our message to students and families is this: Don’t give up on your educational goals and plans — there are more resources to help you than you might have thought. October’s College Changes Everything (CCE) Month is all about getting you the support you deserve, including all the financial aid for college for which you are eligible.

Now in its fifth year, the CCE fall campaign is designed to offer all Illinois students and families free statewide assistance with college planning and the financial aid process. Events include college application and financial aid workshops hosted by high schools, and virtual events hosted by ISAC and our partners. The ISACorps, ISAC’s group of near-peer mentors trained to help families navigate the college-going process, offer assistance via phone, videoconferencing, email and text. Additional resources include short videos, a text messaging app, and other web tools.

Every young person in Illinois deserves to be able to look forward to a future where they can pursue their dreams — a chance to not just survive, but thrive. A college degree or a high-quality postsecondary credential does in fact make a difference: more career opportunities, higher salaries, and even better health.

via The Southern

October 7, 2020 at 07:04AM

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