SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – This was an important day in the lives of Western Massachusetts parents who need financial help sending their kids to college.
It was the 11th-annual financial aid day at American International College; the opportunity for high school students and their parents to apply for help from the state and federal governments and their schools of their choice. The students seem focused on what they’ll need to succeed.
“I just wanted to fill it out to the best of my ability and get the best information I could,” said Cathedral High School student Cassandra Sarno.
Chicopee High School student Nicholas Moriarty told 22News, “I’m hoping to learn how to successfully go through the process without any kind debt or whatever.”
A veteran AIC financial advisor has seen many students successfully apply for student loans and other forms of financing their education. “They feel confident that it was done right and they’ll get the best applications that they can,” said Sage Stachouiak.
Congressman Richard Neal of Springfield told 22News he had especially urged low income and first generation students and attend and to see what the aid programs have to offer them.
“Financial aid is a very important component of college life and based on personal experience as well as personal advocacy,” said Congressman Neal.
During its 11 years in Springfield the financial aid programs have helped thousands of young people finance their education.