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.
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.
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