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Financial aid leads workshops for tentative graduates

The Parthenon

Published: Sunday, November 17, 2013

Updated: Sunday, November 17, 2013 23:11

Marshall University’s financial aid office will host student loan workshops Monday through Wednesday for tentative December graduates.

There will be three workshop sessions each day beginning at 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. in Drinko Library, Room 349.  Each session will last one hour.

Presentations at the workshops will cover loan repayment plans, consolidation and loan forgiveness plans. The workshops will also give students a chance to complete exit counseling that they are required to finish after they graduate.

Kelly Tyda, financial aid counselor, said she believes the exit counseling students are required to complete when they graduate can be time consuming and there are parts that can be confusing.

“With the workshops students are able to get help and complete the exit counseling,” Tyda said. “It’s a good learning experience.”

There are only 28 spots available in each session. Students are encouraged to come early before they fill up.

According to Tyda, with the default rates being as high as they are, the financial aid office is aiming to do as much as it can to educate students on loan repayment.

“In the past when there weren’t as many students they used to do in-person exit counseling, but then they shied away from it,” Tyda said. “We’re trying to bring that back.”

Tyda has high hopes for the counseling and said she wants things to be easy for the students when they graduate.

“I want students to be able to find a loan repayment plan that is right for them,” Tyda said.

Students need to bring their social security number, driver’s license, FAFSA PIN, loan history which can be found at www.nslds.edu.gov and contact information for three references.

Participants will have an opportunity to win a diploma frame.

The financial aid office plans to host another workshop in the spring for May graduates.

Alyssa Simon can be contacted at simon26@marshall.edu.

 

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