State Rep. Natalie Manley and state Rep. Larry Walsh, Jr. are partnering with the Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) to offer a free Financial Aid and Scholarship Seminar on Monday, February 24 at 6:30 p.m. at Joliet West High School.
“Finances shouldn’t be a barrier to seeking higher education,” said Manley. “Attending college can help open the door to many future opportunities, although I understand the reality of expensive tuition, fees, books, and other costs that could lead to acquiring debt. I encourage everyone to join us to learn more about available resources including loans, scholarships, and grants that can help make a college degree more affordable and attainable.”
ISAC is nonpartisan state agency that administers scholarship, grant, prepaid tuition, and student loan repayment and forgiveness programs, and aims to make college more accessible by providing outreach and services to help students navigate the process of applying to and entering college. Joliet West High School is offering a public information session on FAFSA on Tuesday, February 4 at 6 p.m., and Joliet Central High School is offering one-on-one assistance with FAFSA applications on Tuesday, February 11 at 6 p.m. Manley’s Feb. 24 event will offer supplemental information on additional loans, grants and scholarships.
“Education is crucial to the success of our region, and I want to do all I can to support it, especially in these tough economic times,” Manley said. “Last year, I supported a budget that prioritized education and minimized potentially devastating cuts to our schools. I will continue supporting efforts to streamline state operations and reform spending habits, so that more dollars are available for education in our community.”
Manley’s event is free and open to all parents and students. For more information, please contact Manley’s full time constituent service office at 815-725-2741.