HOUSTON, TX – Congressman Gene Green hosted Houston-area students and parents at his Paying for College Workshop on Monday, October 15th at North Shore High School.
During this free event, a representative from The Sallie Mae Fund and Project GRAD Houston spoke to families about how to apply for scholarships, financial aid, and the important factors to consider when selecting the school that fits them. Students were also reminded that this year’s Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) was made available on October 1st, three months earlier than the traditional January 1 date.
“I want every student to have the option to attend college, regardless of financial background,” said Rep. Green. “That is why I encourage students to apply for FAFSA early, so that more students can access the historic investment in financial aid and better information when they need it. It is my hope that every student who attended this event walked away feeling more confident that the cost of college can be made affordable.”
Students and families from North Shore Senior High, North Shore 10th Grade Center, Galena Park High, C.E. King High, Early College High, Channelview High, and Summer Creek High all attended.
Representatives from San Jacinto College, Houston Community College, University of Houston, Texas Southern University, and Aviation Institute of Maintenance were available to students who were interested in applying to one of their institutions. Additionally, several universities awarded scholarships on-site to attending high school seniors:
Recipient of $1,000 Scholarship from San Jacinto College
– Marlenny Alfaro – North Shore Senior High
– Iman Davis – North Shore Senior High
– Kain Sanchez – North Shore Senior High
– Estefany Bazaldoa – Galena Park CTE ECHS
Recipient of $1,000 Scholarship from Texas Southern University
– Marbella DeLaTorre – North Shore Senior High
– Odalis Mariner – North Shore Senior High
– Analise Padilla – North Shore Senior High