College funding workshop Tuesday |

College funding workshop Tuesday

SUMMIT COUNTY – There’s more to the college search than simply looking at a school’s sticker price.

Many parents of college-bound students consider only the colleges and universities within their price range, said Norma Jordan-Backe, president of College Funding of the Rockies. Parents searching for colleges this way may be doing their children a disservice, she said.

Based in Frisco, College Funding of the Rockies is a nonprofit that helps parents of college-bound students as they prepare for college.

“What I strive for is to help parents see this process in a totally different way,” Jordan-Backe said. She is leading a free workshop for parents in Summit County on Tuesday.

The focus of Tuesday’s workshop is the financial aspect of college, but it includes more than financial aid.

“We talk about colleges and how you shop for a college,” she said, adding that the workshop also will address financial aid and other financial considerations, such as paying for college on a tax-favored basis. Jordan-Backe also will discuss common misconceptions about the college search.

“The objective of the workshop is to help parents – to give them information that virtually none of the parents will have,” Jordan-Backe said. “Information is power and they need all the power they can get.”

Jordan-Backe recommends parents call to reserve a space for Tuesday’s workshop, to ensure there are ample information packets for all attendees.


College-Funding Workshop:

What: Learn about how to search for colleges and how to pay for them

For: Parents of college-bound high school sophomores and juniors

When: 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday

Where: Media center, Summit High School

Cost: Free

For more information or to reserve a space, call College Funding of the Rockies at (970) 668-8100.

Lu Snyder can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 203, or

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