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Parents Encouraged To Attend Seminar on College Costs(Septemer, 2007)


U.S. Congressman Sam Johnson (3rd Dist.-Texas) is encouraging high school students and their families to attend two free workshops on planning and paying for college on Saturday, October 6th, in Frisco and Garland.

A drawing will be held to offer at least one participant at each seminar to win a $1,000 scholarship just for attending.   Both events are open to the public and press and are free of charge but participants must sign-up to attend the event by Friday, October 5th.

  “An education is one of the most precious gifts a parent may give to a child.  I encourage parents and students to attend this worthwhile, informative seminar to learn how to make college more affordable.  While college can be expensive, studies reveal that families overestimate its costs - sometimes leading them to believe higher education is beyond their means.  Research also found that families are mystified by the financial aid process and are unaware of the billions of dollars in the form of grants, scholarships, and low-cost education loans available every year,” said Johnson.  “I hope that the Paying for College seminars help a lot of folks learn more about their financial options and plan for the future with college in mind,” continued Johnson.

The Paying for College program is sponsored by The Sallie Mae Fund, a charitable organization sponsored by Sallie Mae.  Sallie Mae Fund experts will spearhead the discussion and then answer questions.  Families will learn about planning and paying for college and receive free resources to guide them through the process. The first seminar will run from 10:00am to 11:30am at the Collin County Community College Preston Ridge Campus on 9700 Wade Blvd. in Frisco.  The second seminar will run from 2:00pm to 3:30pm at Naaman Forest High School, 4843 Naaman Forest Blvd. in Garland.

To attend the workshop, please RSVP to The Sallie Mae Fund via the toll-free number, 1-877-840-8224, or online, as seating is limited.  To register online, simply go to