Filling out forms for dollars |

Filling out forms for dollars

FARMER’S KORNER – If students and parents spend enough time researching, there’s a scholarship out there. But no one gets any money without filling out the forms.

Tonight, Colorado Mountain College’s director of financial aid presents his version of “Financial Aid 101” for university-bound students and their parents. Gary Lewis said he starts at the beginning – what aid is out there, where it comes from and the maximum amounts parents can expect – and goes on to cover the differences between grants and loans, Web sites of use for research and how to work with a college financial aid office.

The financial aid process can be a daunting one, especially when parents suspect their income might limit the aid institutions might award their child. Lewis said it’s still important to go through the steps.

“Where we live, you can’t get by on $20,000 a year, so most parents (who earn more than that) are not going to get the need-based stuff,” Lewis said. “But you have to apply to get the loans. And, a college may look at that information to award additional scholarships.”

Summit High School senior class guidance counselor Stephanie Derringer said the presentation will help students and parents get started navigating the financial aid process. The counseling office has other resources to help, too. Derringer said students can access files on a variety of scholarships in the counseling office. Applications for local scholarships starting Dec. 16.

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