By Brandon Thilges
Yesterday, the class of 2019 convened for the final time as a whole before their graduation. The meeting was an overview the of the college application process, which consisted of several parts. The one that was covered in the most efficient detail was that of financial aid, which students may apply for in order to pay for the many expenses of college.
One of the main challenges of college is the extensive amount of funds that are required to attend. That’s why much of the meeting was centered around the topic of financial aid, which for the majority of students will be a necessity.
A significant problem that was conveyed was the fact that the very idea of financial aid is most of the time out the question as families believe that they may not qualify for it
“Many families think that the chance of receiving financial aid is very low so they don’t even try it, but nowadays colleges are expanding financial aid options that can apply to many people.”
Many colleges throughout Illinois today are working to better expand their range of financial aid options to better help students afford the large expense of attending college.
Another viable option as Erin Hack said that “Attending Waubonsee is a great option as it is less financially stressful than jumping right straight into a four-year college.”
It is estimated that may save upwards of Ashley Eneriz, an expert in college and education finance
However, as the date of graduation grows closer for the class of 2019, Batavia High School counselors are working closely with students to ease the stress of college application and finance. One of many things they offer to students is small group counseling which allows for a more one-on-one help which may help students. These meetings will be available to students in last name order on a pending upcoming date.