Grant will help TROY students navigate financial aid process

Posted: Thursday, 09 July 2009

TROY—A $20,000 grant will help Troy University establish a program to designed to acquaint parents, students and school staff with the Free Application for Federal Student Aid.

The Opening Doors College Access Project assists families with the online application process for FAFSA, and the Alabama Department of Education funds will provide activities, strategies and information that will improve students’ opportunities for higher education.

“During this time of particularly difficult economic hardship, Troy University is taking an aggressive approach toward making higher education more accessible to all students,” said Marian Parker, Director of Instructional Support Services. “We are committed to assisting families in maneuvering the complicated and often frustrating FAFSA process. We are hopeful that our efforts on behalf of students, parents and area schools will further strengthen the relationships Troy University has developed over its history.”

The project will enable Troy University to provide enhanced awareness training to parents and students during the eight summer IMPACT sessions the University provides entering freshmen and their parents, as well as assistance at participating school sites.

School counselors will be provided with updated training and current state-specific information regarding higher education costs and contacts. In addition, there will be a student awareness rally via ACCESS labs across TROY’s service region to prepare students, parents, and school counselors for next year’s application process.