South Aiken High School is holding a seminar Tuesday to acquaint students and their parents with federal programs that offer financial aid for college.
Robert Leiter, a guidance counselor at the school, said counselors from the University of South Carolina Aiken will be on hand to answer questions.
"The recommendations I hear from the college financial aid people is that whether you're rich or poor, it's probably a good idea to fill it out," Mr. Leiter said, referring to the financial aid paperwork.
The application for federal aid can lead to school loans and work-study programs, he said.
Mr. Leiter said too many people automatically assume they're not eligible.
"There are all kinds of stories of kids who get top scholarships, and then some other scholarships, and (federal) help on top of that," Mr. Leiter said. "They can get a fairly free education.''
Mr. Leiter said students and their parents could gain valuable information from the seminar, which is open to all Aiken County residents.
"I talked to a teacher the other day who is already planning for his daughter going to college next year. I said, 'You know, if you want to get ahead of the game, it might not be a bad idea for you to drop in and listen.'"
Reach Nathan Dickinson at (803) 648-1395, ext. 109 or firstname.lastname@example.org.