College for all East Texans

UNDATED (KTRE) – There's a huge opportunity for you Wednesday night to save thousands of dollars on your child's college education.

There are billions of dollars available for Texans to use to pay for school.  The money is already here, so you don't want to be left out.  Best of all, the money is not just for 4-year colleges.  Financial aid in the form of grants, scholarships and loans is available for 2-year colleges and technical schools.

It may be a sign of the times, but those in need of financial aid are not only teenagers just graduating from high school but adults too are either going to college for the first time or returning to college to get re-trained in a new field after losing a job.

More than $6-billion is available which is why KTRE is manning a phone bank in Austin along with the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.

The free application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the only form students and families must complete to apply for most financial aid.  The deadline for filling out the FAFSA application is June 30, but the sooner the application is turned in, the more likely students will get money for college.

The financial aid office at the college or university you go to will determine how much and what type of financial aid you will receive to attend their institution.  Institutions set their own deadlines.  Make sure you complete and submit your FAFSA by the college's of university's Priority Application Deadline.

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Lack of knowledge should not be a barrier.  There are trained volunteers waiting for your call.

A college degree not only increases the graduate's earning power, but also enhances your opportunities and confidence to adapt to changes in job sectors.

With a bachelor's degree, a person can earn about a million dollars more over their lifetime than they would with a high school diploma.

Watch the East Texas News Wednesday night at 5, 6, and 10.  KTRE/KLTV's Taylor Hemness is in Austin and will have live reports to help you get your financial aid questions answered and more importantly help you net thousands of dollars for college.  During the live reports Taylor will prompt you to call toll free 1-888-311-8881.  Trained operators will be on the phones until 11 o'clock Wednesday night.

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