NWC News Desk

Adult student financial help available

Posted January 26, 2007

P O W E L L, W y o. - As more and more Wyomingites switch jobs or choose to upgrade their skills in order to find better paying jobs, the cost of additional college or training can be a primary obstacle. To help overcome that hurdle, Bev Bell, director of financial aid and scholarships at Northwest College in Powell, will conduct a Financial Aid Workshop Thursday, Feb. 8, at the NWC Cody Center, located in the Park County Complex at 1501 Stampede Ave.

The free program starts at 5:30 p.m. in Room 2214. Although the evening is geared to nontraditional age students, Cody High School students who still haven't gotten a hold on financing their college education are welcome, too.

"Many adults think that because they can't go to back to college full time, they don't qualify for federal financial aid," Bell said. "The truth is financial aid is available to part-time students. And most colleges and universities also offer valuable scholarships to part-time and nontraditional-age students."

Bell, who consults with hundreds of high school students and their parents each year, is familiar with the voluminous rules and regulations involved in the federal financial aid process. She's also well practiced in breaking it down into simple steps.

During this workshop, she'll talk with participants about applying for federal financial aid programs, completing the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid), and applying for scholarships. She'll offer general information on what to expect when attending college as an older student. Bell provides individual assistance, helping each person understand their own particular situation and how best to fit retraining or a college degree into their life.

For more information, contact Beverly Bell , or call (307) 754-6232, or toll free (800) 560-4692.