City of Rochester announces program to help parents and students apply for financial aid

Created: 03/06/2014 12:05 PM WHEC.com

There's a new college aid program that will benefit parents and students across our area. Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren was joined by college officials Thursday morning to announce details of that plan.

It's called "March College Madness”, a plan to get families and students help when it comes to applying for college financial aid. It's just the first of a number of programs being rolled out to focus on education in our community.    

Through a partnership with local colleges, the city is offering meetings with admissions and financial aid representatives to help parents and students get started on the FAFSA or free application for federal student aid.

It’s something local leaders say will really make a difference when it comes to getting local students a college education.

Anne Kress, Monroe Community College President, said, "As any parent will tell you, filling out financial aid forms is not easy. It is incredibly complex and it is beyond the ability of many parents, especially parents from low income families where no one has ever gone to college before. The reality is when you look at data across the country the ability to obtain financial aid for a student is often not just the determining factor of whether they go to college but whether they apply to college at all.”

In addition to the college aid program, the mayor also announced details of a healthcare initiative to help people looking for health insurance enroll in the open marketplace before the enrollment period ends this month.

For more information on both that program and “March College Madness”, including where and when sessions will be held, click here.

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