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Taking the Fear Out of Financial Aid: Making Higher Education Easier to Achieve for NYC Students

Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 8:30 am

Theresa Lang Community and Student Center, Arnhold Hall 55 West 13th Street, Room I-202, New York, NY 10011

Securing college financial aid can be intimidating for NYC students. Aid is crucial for low-income and first generation college students—but they need help, particularly navigating the government’s Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), finding grants and loans and working with college aid offices. Experts say the system is needlessly complicated and should be reformed.

Join the Center for New York City Affairs for the release of its latest "FAFSA: How-To Guide for High School Students" and a discussion about what needs to happen nationally and locally to ensure that the next generation of college students can afford to matriculate.

Introductory remarks by Judith Scott-Clayton, Assistant Professor of Economics and Education, Teachers College, Columbia University.

Prof. Scott-Clayton will then join in a discussion with:

 - Robert Gevertzman, Associate Director of Financial Aid, Kingsborough Community College, CUNY

 - Sandy Jimenez, Guidance Trainer and College Access Counselor, Goddard Riverside’s Options Institute

Julieta Schiffino, Associate Director of Financial Aid Services, SUNY

 - Adam Stevens, College Adviser for Scholarships and Financial Aid, Brooklyn Technical High School

This forum and the FAFSA: How-To Guide are made possible thanks to the generous support of Capital One Bank. Additional funding provided by the Sirus Fund and the Milano Foundation.

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