Financial literacy: Public welcome to program on student access to resources

December, 2016 Posted in Community, School

By Mary Owen

College-bound students and community members interested in learning about changes to financing opportunities are welcome to attend Regis High School ASPIRE’s upcoming Community Financial Literacy night.

“Several changes have occurred in the area of post-secondary financing that speeded up the process of applying for financial aid and scholarships,” said Mike Bauer, RHS counselor and Aspire mentor. “Chief among these changes is an earlier submission date of Oct. 1 instead of  Jan. 1 for the FAFSA, Free Application for Federal Student Aid.”

Also, Bauer said the Oregon Promise program will be explored at the meeting. The program guarantees free tuition to community colleges in the state.

“With these changes comes the need for increased awareness on the part of the students, parents and counselors,” he said. Open to the public, the informational meeting will take place Dec. 7, 7 p.m. on in the Regis High School library.

“We have lined up an excellent presenter for the evening,” Bauer said. “Lacie Tolle, from the Oregon University System, is well-versed in both the financial aid process and the Oregon Student Access Program. OSAC is the Oregon scholarship program.”

Administered by the Oregon Student Access Commission, ASPIRE (Access to Student Assistance Programs in Reach of Everyone) helps middle and high school students access education and training beyond high school. Students receive information about college and career options, admission and financial aid from trained and supportive volunteer mentors who work one-on-one with them throughout the year.
Now in its 10th year at Regis, the ASPIRE program aims to increase the number of students who will attend post-secondary school; help students develop tools and resources necessary to be successful in post-secondary education; empower and educate parents about post-secondary opportunities and resources; and develop sustainable partnerships with higher education and community partners.

Regis mentors include: Carolyn Lulay, Gay Stutzner, Joan Roberts, Patty Kintz, Tom Lulay, Diane Hall, Patti Keudell, Jo Barsoti, Louanne Etzel, Chuck Martin, Paula Keudell Smith and Dave Schumacher.

For information on Regis ASPIRE or the meeting, contact Regis High School at 503-769-2159.

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