Did you know that a college student may be able to receive as much as $9,730 ($14,450 if you attend a college in Illinois) in federal and state grants? This is one of the many “pay-offs” for working ahead of time to make college more affordable.

At our latest installment of the Parenting Teens Series, Melissa Kriauciunas, of the Illinois Student Assistance Commission, gave an informative overview of tools and tips in paying for college. She explained the options for state and federal grants and the student loan program. She reminded us that filling out an annual FAFSA is the first and very important first step. We also learned about additional sources such as “Employer Tuition Benefits”, military benefits, specific career benefits (such as teaching) in under-resourced schools and where to look for scholarships. Melissa recommends cappex.com, fastweb.com, and whatsnextillinois.org.

Why does the Bloomingdale Church youth group sponsors “parenting teens” events such as this one? It’s because we believe that a teenager’s parent/guardian is the most important influence in their life and we want to do our best to encourage them.

Next up: The Parenting Teens Course, a free video and conversation-style course facilitated by seasoned parents.
Part 1: Fridays – Jan 9, 16, 23, 30, February 6
Part 2: Fridays – Feb, 13, 20, March 6, 13, 20
Register for the Parenting Teens Course