Free College Planning Workshop with Scholarship Drawing in Albany on April 7

News Date: 4/1/2013

Free Planning and Paying for College Workshop with $500 Scholarship Drawing*
All are welcome!
WHAT: The Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities (CICU) and the private, not-for-profit colleges and universities in the Capital District area are presenting a free “Planning and Paying for College” workshop. The workshop will help students and their parents/guardians understand the financial aid process and programs. Financial aid and admissions counselors from a number of Capital Region area private colleges and universities will be available to answer questions during and at the close of the presentation. The Sallie Mae Fund will award a $500 scholarship to one of the high school class of 2014 students in attendance.
*For high school class of 2014 students.
WHEN: Sunday, April 7, 2013
TIME: 1:00 – 3:45 p.m.
      1:00 pm – Welcome & Overview
      1:35 pm - Breakouts (concurrent sessions): The Basics of Financial Aid; Understanding Financial Aid – A Deeper View; Financial Aid and Difficult/Complex Family Situations; Access Programs and More and Understanding College Admissions – Undergraduate and Beyond
      2:45 pm - Scholarship Drawing and Giveaways
      2:55 pm – Meet and Greet with Colleges Representatives
WHERE:  The Sage Colleges – Albany Campus, Kahl Campus Center (
PARTICIPATING COLLEGES: Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences; The College of Saint Rose; Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; The Sage Colleges; Siena College; Skidmore College; and Union College.  
For more information and to register:
This event is supported with a federal College Access Challenge Grant (CACG) awarded to the Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities (CICU) by the Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC), the state agency designated to administer the grant. Additional support provided by CICU, The Sage Colleges, The Sallie Mae Fund, and participating CICU member colleges and universities.
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Jennifer Miller, (518-436-4781;
Terri Standish-Kuon, (518-436-4781;
About CICU ( Since 1981, the Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities (CICU)’s Outreach Programs has produced helpful college awareness resources for students, parents, and schools about CICU's 100+ member private colleges and universities, college admissions, and financial aid. Available free of charge, the latest series includes: Your College Search and Affording College/Como pagar la universidad. CICU outreach also includes the Sector's admissions and financial aid website,, which features free downloadable publications and profiles of New York's private colleges and universities and degree offerings throughout the state.