Monday, May 19, 2014

Congressman Holt holds college-affordability conferences

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Each year, the Department of Education provides more than $150 billion in new financial aid to nearly 15 million college students and their families.  Do you know how best to take advantage of this help in affording a college education?
In the upcoming week, I’ll host two college affordability workshops for prospective students and their families. Presentations will be made by representatives from Rutgers University Office of Financial Aid – who will present information relevant to all students, whether or not they are interested in attending Rutgers – and New Jersey Higher Education State Affordability Authority:
Monday, May 19, 2014
7:00 to 9:00 p.m. East Brunswick Public Library
2 Jean Walling Civic Center Drive
East Brunswick, New Jersey
Wednesday, May 21, 2014
7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Ewing Township Municipal Building
2 Jake Garzio Drive
Ewing Township, New Jersey
Experts will provide helpful information about a range, including the FAFSA application, Pell Grants, TEACH Grants, Stafford Loans, Perkins Loans, state scholarships, and more. Experts will also be available to answer questions and discuss individual financial aid situations one-on-one.

I have held such workshops before, and students and parents have found them helpful in identifying potential sources of aid that will make a college education more accessible and affordable.

As a member of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce for more than a decade, I have long supported efforts to make college more affordable and more accessible for all of our students.  A few years ago, I wrote the law that provides upfront tuition assistance – up to $16,000 over four years – to students who become teachers of math, science, or foreign languages.  I also helped write the law that invested $36 billion to increase the maximum annual Pell Grant.  These are crucial investments in education that will help the United States out-innovate, out-educate, and out-build the rest of the world.

If you have any questions about the student financial aid workshops, please call my office at 1-87-RUSH-HOLT (1-877-874-4658).  Also, if you aren't able to attend these workshops, I encourage you to visit for valuable information on how to afford college.

Rush Holt
Member of Congress

P.S. Just a reminder: I always want to hear from you, but to ensure a prompt response, please don’t reply to this e-mail. Instead, please visit or call 1-87-RUSH-HOLT (1-877-874-4658).
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