Rockford students tap into college financial aid resources

From press release

With the college application process in full swing, Rockford Public Schools is encouraging high school seniors to research all financial aid options that may be available to them.

As part of the effort to raise awareness about the importance of completing the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) form that determines financial aid eligibility, several local organizations are hosting events this week to help area families through the process.

The first event—FAFSA Completion Workshop/College Awareness and Preparation Night—will be from 6 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 9, in the Rock Valley College Student Center, 3301 N. Mulford Road.

From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 12, certified public accountants will answer FAFSA-related questions at the Rock Valley College Learning and Opportunity Center, 308 W. State St. A representative from the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois will present information about scholarships during the Feb. 12 event. Students who attend the session and plan to enroll at an Illinois college this fall will be entered into a drawing for two $500 scholarships. The scholarships are being presented by Rockford Promise, a nonprofit organization that promotes college education. Winners will be announced that day.

In addition, seniors who complete their 2011-2012 FAFSA can enter a separate drawing for two $500 scholarships also offered through Rockford Promise. Entry forms are located in high school guidance counseling offices, and winners will be announced in May.

Families are encouraged to bring a calculator, their 2010 tax information, student driver’s license and Social Security card, records of untaxed income, current bank statements, rental property information and records of businesses, farms and assets, to both events.

“We want to make sure everyone who can go to school goes to school, regardless of financial situation,” said Ingrid Johnson, assistant principal of guidance counseling for the Rockford Public Schools. “There’s tons of money out there. It’s in everyone’s best interest to complete the FAFSA to find out what they’re eligible for.”

For information, contact Ingrid Johnson at (815) 489-7285 or visit

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