Harrisburg, October 17, 2016 – On Wednesday, October 19, 2016, beginning at 7 p.m., Senator Judy Schwank is sponsoring her annual College Financial Aid Awareness Seminar in the Commissioners Board Room of the Muhlenberg Township Building, 210 George Street, Reading, Pennsylvania.  And, on Saturday, October 22, 2016, beginning at 10:30 a.m., Senator Schwank is sponsoring a Free Application for Federal Student (FAFSA) Preparation Lab in the First Floor Classroom of the Muhlenberg Township Building at 210 George Street, Reading, Pennsylvania.

“The costs of college and other postsecondary schools continue to increase,” said Senator Schwank.  “Fortunately, there is assistance available to help students and families pay for higher education, and they need to know how to find it and apply it.  Both of these events will help them navigate the college financial process.”

At Wednesday’s College Financial Aid Awareness Seminar, a financial aid expert from the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) and Ben Rosenberger, Director of Financial Aid at Reading Area Community College, will be on hand to explain the sources of college financial aid available to families and answer questions about the student aid application process.

At Saturday’s FAFSA Preparation Lab, financial aid experts from PHEAA, RACC, and Albright College will be hand to help students and families file online their 2017-2018 Free Application for Federal Student.  Due to changes in Federal guidelines, students for the first time will be able to file their FAFSA forms starting October 1st for the following school year (2017-2018).

Both events are free and open to the public; however, due to a limited number of computer terminal available, preregistration is required for the FAFSA Preparation Lab.  For more information or to register for the FAFSA Lab, families can call 610-929-2151.