Sunday, February 7, 2021

February Is Financial Aid Awareness Month...And I Am Back!!!

Where does one even start when describing the past year? Early February of 2020, COVID-19 was still a "China" problem with most reports and news coming out of Wuhan and surrounding areas. Little did most of us know that a month later, society as we knew it in America would for all intents and purposes be shut down.

Its a fairly safe assumption to say that close to, if not exactly 100%, of our nation's citizens have been affected in some capacity; some more so than others. Casualties not only include death tolls, but jobs lost, school days missed, mental health challenges, financial uncertainties …the list goes on. It has been so very difficult.

I cannot speak for anyone else, but A+ has been severely impacted by Covid; as the majority of my contacts and clients are originated through public gatherings in the community and at schools. Needless to say, both avenues have presented numerous roadblocks. However, I have continued to work with many families and students over the past 11 months, and have found that they have been more at ease and accommodating than I have. I believe it was this fear of being asymptomatic and passing it along to an unsuspecting client/family.

Fortunately this has not been the case and my personal face-to-face interaction has been extremely limited, opting for more virtual routes.

But, I am here to announce that at long last, just shy of one year, I will be holding THREE in-person Financial Aid Counseling sessions! I am so excited and absolutely terrified at the same time! Not so much of the virus, rather my ability to multitask the Aid process!

The come-and-go sessions will be held at The Powdersville Public Library located at 4 Civic Ct., Powdersville SC 29642. There is quick on/off access to both I-85 N and S.

The times and dates are follows:
  •    Tuesday February 23, 3pm-8pm.
  •    Thursday February 25, 3pm-8pm.
  •    Saturday, February 27, 10am- 3pm.

I have reached out to my contacts at most Upstate High Schools regarding the events. Anderson, Oconee, Pickens, Greenville and Spartanburg County students should also be receiving a follow up email. Please DO NOT contact the Library for information. Please reach me here or at (864) 593-0010.

Myself and two colleagues will be available to assist with submitting the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and scholarship applications. Reservations are not required, and students should bring their (and parent if applicable) 2019 income tax information with them.

During the event, prospective students can apply for admission to ALL SOUTH CAROLINA TECHNICAL SCHOOLS discounted at $30, and get assistance with financial aid applications. Participants will receive a will be scheduled for a future advising appointment.

Health and safety guidelines will be followed, with face coverings and 6 feet of physical distancing required, room occupancy monitored, and rooms sanitized frequently. Admission will not be allowed without face masks per State and County guidelines.

We will be ordering pizza for the evening sessions so if mom and dad have to come straight from work we got you covered!

I am beyond thrilled to have this opportunity and thank the County of Anderson (SC) to once again have access to the Powdersville Public Library where I have had so many successful sessions over the years!

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