Reading Eagle: Montgomery County Community College hosts financial aid seminar
As published in the Reading Eagle
Montgomery County Community College recently hosted a night dedicated to making college more affordable and less confusing for students and their parents.U.S. Rep. Ryan A. Costello, a Chester County Republican whose district includes parts of Montgomery and Berks counties, helped kick off Financial Aid Night for the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency, or PHEAA.
"One of the other things that I'm trying to do legislatively is expand the Pell Grant program so there's more flexibility to it," he said Thursday night. "If you want to take summer classes right now, you can't use Pell Grants."
Pell Grants are state grants that do not have to be repaid and can be awarded up to $5,775 per student.
Costello also wants to focus on making college loan repayments income-based, and he supports changing the financial aid application process to multiyear rather than annual.
The first and often most-confusing step in applying for aid is completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA, according to Michael Burke, PHEAA southeast region higher education access partner. All colleges require students to fill out the online form, which requests detailed financial information for the student and parents.