Editorial: Learn ways to help fund a college education

By on September 20, 2012

College tuition costs continue to remain high, and in many cases, continue to climb, despite the strugling economy.

That combination means that people are struggling even more than usual to either pay their own tuition, or the tuition of their children.

That is why events like Thursday’s Scholarship Fair are so important. The fair is from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 20, at the Sugar Grove Township Community Building, 141 Main St., Sugar Grove.

There will be representatives from numerous organizations and schools who will provide information on scholarships that are available for Kaneland students.

In addition, there will be multiple mini-sessions on various aspects of obtaining help in funding a college education.

The first mini-session is from 6:30 to 7 p.m., and is titled “How to fill out a FAFSA Form,” sponsored by Lighthouse College Planning. A similar session will be presented and sponsored by Waubonsee Community College from 7 to 7:30 p.m.

“How to do an Internet search for scholarships” will be the topic from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m., and “How to complete a scholarship application and essay” will conclude the information sessions.

These types of events can prove invaluable for those trying to determine how to help pay for such a vital thing—an education.

For example, we here at the Elburn Herald offer two different scholarships every year. Some years we are inundated with scholarship applicants, and some years the number is much smaller. Based purely on word of mouth with some of the other local groups that also offer scholarships, that ebb and flow in the number of applicants is not unique to us.

We admit surprise to that fact, since given the high cost of secondary education combined with the struggling economy, it is clear that every dollar counts, and a tough job market means every educational opportunity should be pursued by those either entering college for the first time or those re-entering college to try and find a new path in the professional world.

We hope to see a large turnout tonight (Thursday), and we also hope to have the good problem of being overwhelmed with the number of scholarship applicants this year.

For information about the scholarship fair itself, contact Sugar Grove Chamber of Commerce and Industry Executive Director Shari Baum at (630) 466-7895.

For anyone who would like information about either of the Elburn Herald scholarships, call Ryan Wells or Carly Shaw at (630) 365-6446.

We hope to see you tonight!