By Kim Lifton
Wow Writing Workshop
Headed to college this fall? It’s time to consider in earnest what the actual price is going to look like. But before you do that, you might want to take a look at this insightful webinar we moderated with leading experts who can help you understand the complexities of financial aid.
You might learn that price might not need to limit your choices once you have all of your options in front of you.
In this webinar, Jennifer Ramsey Wallace, the Outreach Manager for Financial Aid Programs for the Michigan Education Trust, the state’s prepaid education plan, and a leading expert on other financial aid programs, discusses the issues with Dean Tsouvalas, creator of the free scholarship information app Scholarship Advisor.
Together, they can help you untangle the complexities of financial aid, share scholarship opportunities and suggest ways for parents and students to discuss these issues honestly at home.
You can also download our Financial Aid Resource List, which includes a list of websites mentioned in the webinar, and read Wow’s Financial Aid Cheat Sheet and 6 Secrets to Filling out the FAFSA.
Link to webinar
Good news, college applicants. The subject is secondary.
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Want to win a free senior portrait sitting with a professional photographer? Come to one of Wow’s parent/student info sessions this week (West Bloomfield High School at 7 p.m. on Tuesday; Huntington Woods Library at 7 p.m. on Wednesday), and you will be entered in a raffle to win a portrait sitting valued at $125 with Ally Cohen, founder (and chief shutterbug) of Frameable Faces at the Orchard Mall in West Bloomfield. Read more
Congrats to Wow’s inaugural college essay writing class of 2009/10. Many of our students already have been accepted for early admissions to their top choice schools; others have been accepted into honors programs; and a few have landed substantial merit scholarship dollars. Read more