Diane B. Clifton, 334/844-5117


AUBURN -- Personnel from Auburn University's Enrollment Financial Services have scheduled a series of meetings to help students at LaFayette, Loachapoka and Calhoun schools apply early for financial aid

The visits will be Tuesday, Feb. 20, at LaFayette; Wednesday, Feb. 21 at Loachapoka; and Thursday, Feb. 22 at Calhoun. The AU College of Liberal Arts' Center for the Arts and Humanities is a partner with all three schools.

While high school seniors are the most logical students to target, every student will receive the Free Application for Federal Student Aid form, says Mary Moran, educational projects director of the Center for the Arts and Humanities.

"Our reason for working with the younger students is especially strong we want to motivate them before they decide that university is out of reach," said Moran. "The younger we catch them and convince them that the money is there for college, the more likely they are to work hard in high school. That's the premise behind most of the federal funding going into educational grants."

AU officials will also encourage all students to take the ACT and SAT.

This is not the first time Enrollment Management Services has gone out to the schools to assist students, says Mike Reynolds, director of Student Financial Aid.

"We work together on various high school nights, alumni events and area College Fairs," said Reynolds, adding that the offices of Financial Aid, Admissions and Registrar work together closely in the recruitment and retention of eligible students. At least one person from each office will be visit each school, along with personnel from the Center for the Arts and Humanities.

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CONTACT: Mary Moran, 334/844-4946.