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LBHS Seniors, Parents Get Schooled on Financial Aid

At Long Beach High School’s Financial Aid Night, College Financial Aid Consultant Barry Fox explained all the factors that go into equating the cost of attending college and determining financial need.
At Long Beach High School’s Financial Aid Night, College Financial Aid Consultant Barry Fox explained all the factors that go into equating the cost of attending college and determining financial need.
Story and Photos by Rosemary Leonetti.

The Long Beach High School Guidance Department hosted a special Financial Aid Night last week to give parents of graduating seniors a step-by-step guide to navigate through the array of forms and formulas needed to maximize aid and defray the ever-growing cost of college.

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College Financial Aid Consultant Barry Fox explained how to compute college costs, reviewed the financial aid process, discussed ways to qualify for various federal and state financial aid programs, and walked parents through the steps to determining a needs analysis during the Dec. 5 event.

Fox wrapped up his presentation by giving parents step-by-step instructions for filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (commonly referred to as the FAFSA form) that all students who are interested in receiving any type of financial aid for college must complete. Parents also received information about the CSS/Financial Aid Profile that many colleges also require, along with useful links to free scholarship search engines.

There was also a special Spanish-language presentation conducted by Ruth Pavon, assistant director of financial aid for Molloy College. She discussed college choices with parents and gave them useful ideas for maximizing the funding they receive for post-secondary education.

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Jack December 14, 2012 at 08:37 PM
Its now time for the LB public school board to convene an emergency budget vote to reduce the budget and school property taxes so that storm victims can pay for repairs to their homes.
Mr Dunes December 16, 2012 at 09:13 AM
The Student population was in decline prior to this storm. I think the community should give mindful consideration as to keepingevery school in order. Last time a building was considered for dismantling it was east school. With west school's opening not planned for a year, let's consider a possibility of permanently consolidating students in one or the other facility. Just food for thought.

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