Earlier this month, many parents and their senior students attended a Parent’s College Night at Rio Grande City CISD’s Multipurpose Center to learn about college funding options and the application process.
“I know that it’s important for my daughter to go to college to get a good job,” said Olivia Guerrero, mother of Rio Grande City High School senior Irene Guerrero. “I’m here to learn about what we need to have ready for her to apply for financial aid and what the options are”.
At the event, families were provided tips and information from members of the Grulla and RGC high school counseling teams, as well as the Director of Guidance and Counseling Ricardo Solis. In addition, families had the opportunity to meet with representatives from a variety of colleges and universities including South Texas College, Texas A&M University and The University of Texas-Pan American, to name a few.
Grulla High School Head Counselor Lydia Alvarez recommended parents and students browse college Web sites to determine their strengths in fields of study, plan site visits to their top college options, explore applications for each college option to be aware of the needed information, and to start looking at the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, otherwise known as the FAFSA.
Through the FAFSA program, more than $150 billion in federal grants, loans, and work-study funds are made available each year to more than 15 million students paying for college or career school. For additional information about the FAFSA visit http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/. For more information on the college application process or financial aid process, students and families are advised to contact the Counseling Office at their high school.