Thursday, April 14, 2011

Mayor Nutter and FOX 29 help Philadelphia students navigate financial aid

One of the largest and most common obstacles that confronts aspiring students is finding the way to pay for their education.

The good news is there are many resources available to help students make college more affordable, and experts who are happy to help identify and navigate the often complex world of financial aid.

In January 2011, Mayor Michael Nutter launched a citywide Financial Aid Campaign to increase the number of Philadelphia students who are financially prepared for college.

To help make sense of the many sources of financial aid available, FOX 29 teamed up with the Philadelphia Mayor’s Office of Education to present a Free Money Financial Aid Phone Bank on "Good Day Philadelphia" earlier this week.

Staffed with financial aid experts and counselors from a number of area colleges, including our very own Lisa Gargiulo representing the Peirce Financial Aid Office, the team answered questions about financial aid and walked callers through the process of filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Mayor Nutter talked to FOX 29 about the importance of financial aid and how his Office of Education is committed to helping more Philadelphia students earn a college degree.

FOX 29 reporter Kerry Barrett also spoke with Peirce student Nakia Stokes about the role financial aid has played in helping her to achieve her dreams of a college degree. With plans to graduate from Peirce this summer with a degree in Business Administration and a concentration in Human Resource Management, Nakia credits financial aid and the ongoing support from Peirce in helping her find the tools and resources to make education affordable for her. Watch the interview below.

(Footage courtesy of FOX 29 News, Fox Television Stations, Inc., TM and © 2011. All rights reserved.)

With over 80 percent of Peirce students receiving some sort of financial aid, including grants, scholarships, and tuition discounts, we truly understand the importance of financial aid in making higher education accessible, particularly to working adult students.

The mayor’s office has big education goals for the city, such as cutting the dropout rate in half and doubling the college attainment rates to create a highly educated workforce in Philadelphia. Dr. Lori Shorr, Chief Education Officer at the mayor’s office, shared additional details about their PhillyGoes2College (PG2C) office and what they are doing to encourage Philadelphians to pursue higher education and earn their college degree. She reiterated that financial aid is a key part in making education possible for many aspiring students.

Peirce College supports a wide variety of educational initiatives in Philadelphia, including PG2C, the City of Philadelphia Scholarship Program, and the Mayor’s Returning to Learning Tuition Discount Program. We share the mayor’s commitment to educating Philadelphians and are proud to support every effort that focuses on the importance of education.

Even if you missed the phone bank, visit PhillyGoes2College online or call the Mayor’s Office of Education any time at 215-686-0315 for ongoing information and support regarding financial aid.

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