Resources to help students, parents pay for college

9:55 AM, Aug 16, 2011   |    comments
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On 9NEWS Tuesday morning, Misti Ruthven, Director of Access and Outreach for College In Colorado, talked about how her organization can help local students.

She explained College In Colorado is a free statewide resource and website that helps students and their families with college and career planning, and most importantly, financial planning assistance and resources.

"Folks are worried," Ruthven explained. "We are receiving dozens of calls every week from Colorado families concerned about paying for college and their students who are going to school in the next week or two."

Ruthven says there are three key things students and families should be doing:

*Fill out and complete the free application for federal student aid (FAFSA) which is the universal application for financial aid for all colleges and universities.

*Fill out and complete the application for the College Opportunity Fund. This is the money the state sets aside to help families pay for college here in the state.

*If a student or family is worried about paying for school this fall, talk to the school's financial aid office. Don't wait until the middle of the semester. For general questions regarding financial contact the College In Colorado hotline at 720.264.8560.

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