Hillsborough students, families invited to Saturday college financial aid workshops

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What: Hillsborough County students and parents seeking financial aid help for college will receive the necessary help Saturday, Dec. 3 at two FAFSA Workshop Labs. LEAP, the Hillsborough College Access Network made up of a dozen community partners, is hosting a series of events to provide assistance to students in completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), the first step in the financial aid process.

At the FAFSA Workshop Labs, trained volunteers and college staff answer questions and provide hands-on assistance to students and families with completing the sometimes complicated online FAFSA forms.

When: Both labs will be on Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016 from 12-4 p.m.

Where:

  • The George M. Steinbrenner Family – West Tampa Boys & Girls Club, 1301 North Blvd. in Tampa
  • The Bill Carey Brandon Boys & Girls Club, 213 N. Knights Ave. in Brandon

Why: One of the biggest hurdles to college is money, yet last school year, only approximately four in 10 Hillsborough County high school seniors completed the FAFSA, missing out on an estimated $9 million in available aid (from the U.S. Department of Education Office of Student Financial Aid and Florida Department of Education).

LEAP was formed by a number of public and private organizations to promote a community-wide commitment to postsecondary attainment in Hillsborough County. Its goal is to increase the number Hillsborough County residents between the ages of 25 and 64 with high-quality postsecondary degrees, certificates and other credentials to 60 percent by the year 2025.

A successful outcome of this goal would result in a locally prepared workforce – necessary to the long-term success of Tampa Bay’s economic future.

More information about these events running now through December in various locations in Hillsborough County can be found here.

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