Students with questions about money and resources pertaining to college for next year is the target for a series of workshops scheduled over the next few weeks.

The fourth annual College Afford­ability and Resource Expo will be held online with three separate Zoom workshops over the course of three weeks which include:

• Monday: FAFSA workshop

• July 20: Comm­unity and campus resource round table

• July 27: Pay for College! A how-to workshop

All workshops begin at 5:30 p.m.

Allison May, an aca­dem­ic counselor, works for the TRIO Educational Oppor­tunity Center and is in charge of 10 counties in the state along with Stacy Bishop.

She said the goal is to go out in the community and help individuals overcome their obstacles to enroll in college including FAFSA, scholarships and contacts with the right people.

“A lot of people look for resources and found that they’re too far away. These are all within this community,” May said.

While they are stationed at Elizabethtown Community and Tech­nical College, they support and aid students with whatever college or school they’re looking to apply to in the area.

May said the past few expos had tables that contained people and information from schools and organizations to help students. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, they brought it online but still wanted to keep a lot of the expo’s services intact.

These workshops will contain key individuals who will be able to answer questions for those who attend by Zoom chat or on a microphone.

“We’re trying to make sure we have a community resource or school representative there, whether it be from ECTC or Bellevue or McKendree,” May said.

May said these subjects were picked because these are the main obstacles students face when enrolling for college.

During the FAFSA workshop, May said they’ll be walking through each step of FAFSA and can help students privately on Zoom with questions and guidance.

The resource round table will have several schools there to answers questions, and the final workshop will have various ways in which students can pay for college and information on loans.

“We want a lot of people to understand student loans, I feel like there’s just a very negative tag on it,” May said.

She said ultimately, the hardest part is getting started when it comes to applying and looking at schools.

Those interested can go to eventbrite.com/e/110836260238, or can contact May or Bishop, respectively, at 270-307-4118 or 270-307-4868.

May works with students from the Meade, Hardin, LaRue, Breckinridge and Grayson counties, while Bishop works with students from Taylor, Green, Nelson, Washington and Marion counties.

Andrew Harp can be reached at 270-505-1747 or aharp@thenewsenterprise.com.

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