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Ready for college? These webinars can help

Wells Fargo’s free webinar series, Preparing and Paying for College, returns with insights about the college admissions process.

November 1, 2018

Edith Olivas believes it’s never too soon to start preparing for her 9-year-old son’s college education. So when she saw a flyer for Wells Fargo’s Preparing and Paying for College webinar series, she registered right away.

“I think it is very important to help my son prepare for college as early as possible,” said Olivas, who saw the flyer at New Mexico State University, where she works as an administrative assistant. “We have to plan for our kids’ future and not wait until the last minute.”

The free webinar series, which Wells Fargo debuted in fall 2017, is returning this fall with insights into college planning and funding information for students, parents, and guidance counselors. The webinars will cover topics such as finding and applying for scholarships, timelines for applying, and student loan repayment.

“I loved all of the information that was presented about helping students with their homework and what questions to ask counselors about preparing for college,” Olivas said.

The webinars are available live and on demand, which can be convenient for parents, who make up more than 60 percent of the attendees, said Casey Galindo, market relationship manager for Wells Fargo’s Education Financial Services and a presenter for several of the webinars. Olivas found the on-demand version to be the best option for her. “I have two jobs, and getting the information through the website and playback was very convenient for me,” Olivas said.

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Casey Galindo
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Edith Olivas and her family.

During the live webinars, participants are able to ask questions, Galindo said. “Funding a college education is one of the major decisions families will make, and to help them through the process is very important,” she added. “For some families, the students could be the first to go to college, and the family hasn’t been through the process, so they don’t know where to start. For parents who have gone to college, it may have been a number of years, and the financial aid process has changed.”

Many families are concerned about their student taking on loan debt, Galindo said. The live webinars provide attendees an opportunity to learn about different financial aid options, she said, such as paying for college, finding scholarships, and learning about student loan repayment.

Galindo hopes the upcoming webinars will encourage attendees to participate and ask questions, because it’s likely others will have the same questions. “Attend as many webinars as possible, even if it’s the second time around,” Galindo said. We touch on so many different topics. Listen in and get information because you never know what else you may learn.”

Olivas agreed. “I love all of this information — and that it was free,” she said.

The image has a white background and two lines running horizontally on either side. In the middle it says: Quiz: Are you ready for college?

Test your knowledge of the college admissions and financial aid process by answering these true/false questions.

Students should select a college as if they are making a business decision.

The image shows a building on the left with the word true at the bottom. On the right is a red background with the word Incorrect and false at the bottom.An image with a green background on the left says: Correct, With the help of their families, students should understand what their return on investment will be. On the right is a woman hugging a girl in a cap and gown.

To reveal answer, slide left for true and slide right for false.

A family that earns too much money shouldn't apply for financial aid.

On the left is a man smiling and looking down at something. On the right there is a green background, and it says: Correct, Applying for financial aid is free, and families should see what they qualify for.On the left is a red screen with Incorrect and true at the bottom. On the right is a young man looking to his right and smiling. In the background is a woman and young woman not in focus.

To reveal answer, slide left for true and slide right for false.

Students should apply for as many loans as they are eligible for.

An image on the left shows a girl and woman reading a pamphlet. On the right there is a green background, and it says: Correct, Students should only borrow what they need to cover educational expenses.On the left is a red background with Incorrect and false at the bottom. On the right is a man in a kitchen reading something while holding a mug. At the bottom it says false.

To reveal answer, slide left for true and slide right for false.

Once families apply for financial aid one year, it’s applicable to the next few years.

On the left is a man sitting on the floor in front of a shelf with books. On the right is a green background and it says: Correct, Families have to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA, each year the student is in college.On the left is a red background with Incorrect and true at the bottom. On the right, part of a man is showing standing in front of a shelf of books. At the bottom it says false.

To reveal answer, slide left for true and slide right for false.

Students should rule out private colleges based on the cost of attendance.

On the left is the outside of a brick building and bushes in front of it. On the right is a green background, and it says: Correct, Determining out-of-pocket expenses may reveal that a private college is affordable.On the left is a red background with Incorrect and true at the bottom. On the right is the outside of a brick building with bushes in the front. False is written at the bottom.

To reveal answer, slide left for true and slide right for false.

Two weeks is ample time to request a letter of recommendation from a teacher or counselor.

On the left is part of someone's arm and elbow resting on a table. On the right is a green background saying; Correct, Try to provide at least one-month's notice to give a teacher or counselor enough time to write a great letter of recommendation.On the left is a red background with Incorrect and true at the bottom. On the right is a woman sitting at a desk and writing something. At the bottom it says false.

To reveal answer, slide left for true and slide right for false.

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