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Congressman Gene Green

Representing the 29th District of Texas

Rep. Green’s Paying for College Workshop and Academy Day focuses on FAFSA

October 19, 2016
Press Release

HOUSTON, TX – Congressman Gene Green hosted Houston-area students and parents at his Paying for College Workshop and Academy Day on Monday, October 17th at Pasadena High School. 

During this free event, a representative from The Sallie Mae Fund spoke to families about how to apply for scholarships, financial aid, and the important factors to consider when selecting the school that fits them. Students were also reminded that this year’s Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) was made available on October 1st, three months earlier than the traditional January 1 date. About one million students submitted their FAFSA applications within the first ten days since the launch of the application, outpacing recent years.

“I want every student to have the option to attend college, regardless of financial background,” said Rep. Green. “That is why I encourage students to apply for FAFSA early, so that more students can access the historic investment in financial aid and better information when they need it. It is my hope that every student who attended this event walked away feeling more confident that the cost of college can be made affordable.”

Representatives from the U.S. Military Service Academies, Project Grad, San Jacinto College North, Houston Community College, University of Houston, UH-D, Texas Southern University and Lone Star College were available to students who were interested in applying to one of their institutions. Additionally, several universities awarded scholarships onsite to attending high school seniors:

Recipient of $250 Scholarship from San Jacinto College

Angelica Carroll, a senior at Pasadena High School. Angelica is currently a dual credit student and will be receiving her associate’s degree from San Jacinto College along with her high school diploma in May. She is studying physical science and plans to later attend UT and major in biology.

Recipient of $1,000 Scholarship from Texas Southern University

Anthony Garcia, a senior at Pasadena High. Anthony plans on majoring in electrical engineering.

Recipient of $1,000 Scholarship from Texas Southern University

Joe Castaneda, a senior at Pasadena High. Joe plans on majoring in civil engineering.

Sergio Gonzalez with Sallie Mae, Congressman Gene Green, Scholarship Winner – Joe Castaneda, Scholarship Winner – Anthony Garcia, Beatrice Gonzales with Texas Southern University, Scholarship Winner – Angelica Carroll, Joshua Lowry with San Jacinto College and Pasadena High School Principal – Joe Saavedra


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