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Financial aid author to speak at Eccles

Frank Fisher, Of the Record Staff

Financial Aid specialist Carl Buck will speak at the Eccles Center Dec. 13, offering financial aid advice to both higher and lower income families on making college affordable through scholarships and loans

Dana Ardovino, the community scholarship advisor at Park City High School, invited former Park City resident Buck to speak about financial aid last year, and with the high turnout even during a snowstorm, she realized the needs of families who desperately want to send their children to college but have idea how to make it happen.

Buck, who wrote the financial aid guide, Get a Jump! The Student Aid Answer Book, is a former Director of Student Financial Services at Rice University, the University of Utah and Rutgers University, he has over 30 years experience finding ways to make college a reality for students from all walks of life.

"I hope to see blue-collar people come to the presentation," he said. This is designed for families on all income levers."

But Buck says paying for a college education can be a major financial hardship for most families if they are unfamiliar with scholarships and student loans.

"Very, very few parents have saved enough for their child to go to college, locally at Westminster or the University of Utah," he said. "The majority of parents have saved only enough for one year of school." On top of that, he said that the average student now takes five years to graduate from a private institution.

But it’s not only those with tight budgets who could use help attaining scholarships and financial aid. He said more affluent families often "self-determine how to obtain scholarships and loans. He believes that they could generally save much money if they better understood the process.

Buck, is now the vice president for financial aid services for Peterson’s, a company offering college guides, advice and education information to students.

He suggests that sophomores in high school should be getting an idea of how much money they will need to attend college. He said Peterson’s has a free calculator of college costs on its Web site.

He said that when students apply to 10 or 15 schools, they are diluting their energies. He thinks they would be in a better position if they apply to fewer schools where they would have a clearer understanding of how to financially and scholastically prepare for those schools.

Buck said that not only the top students can get scholarships, but so also can more average students, especially if they focus free time on doing community service.

Ardovino summed up the people who should attend Buck’s presentation: "anyone considering going to or sending their kids to college."

"I am thrilled to have him come here again and provide this wonderful service," Ardovino said.

"College financial aid and planning for any Income Level," will be held Tuesday, Dec. 13 at 7 p.m. in the Eccles Center at Park City High School, with no admission charge. (PLEASE NOTE DATE CHANGE) For more information, and for financial aid information and strategies, visit: http://www.petersons.com , or call 800-338-3283, ext. 3652


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