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Chesapeake College, Dorchester Co. Public Schools to offer college planning for middle-school parents

College Search/Financial Aid Planning Night at NDMS on Oct. 28th

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

HURLOCK – College is closer than it may seem to the parents of eighth-graders.

That’s the message Chesapeake College Financial Aid Director Mindy Schaffer has for the parents of Dorchester County Public Schools eighth-graders. Schaffer will present a program on College Search and Financial Aid Planning in North Dorchester Middle School’s cafeteria on Wednesday, October 28th at 6:30 p.m. to help parents begin college preparations.

"For the parents of eighth-graders, it may seem too early to begin planning for college – but it’s not," said Schaffer. "High school years pass quickly, and many parents find themselves unprepared for the next step."

Schaffer said her presentation will center on comparing educational resources, financing college, and finding information about scholarships and other grants.

"There are a whole host of questions that parents and their children will need to consider," said Schaffer. "Are they interested in colleges that are in-state or out-of-state, public or private, two-year or four-year? When should they start saving and how much do they need to save? What’s the best way to save?"

Schaffer also said she will discuss some of the reasons why Chesapeake might be the right choice for local parents and students.

"A Chesapeake education offers the same quality as four-year colleges at a dramatically reduced cost," said Schaffer. "When you consider quality, costs and scholarship and grant opportunities available at Chesapeake, it’s a choice parents and their children should consider."

In addition to the formal program, Schaffer said she will be pleased to answer any questions parents may have about the college process during the meeting.

For more information, contact Mindy Schaffer at (410) 827-5845.

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