Oklahoma students and parents can find out what
college, financial aid and scholarship resources are available over
the World Wide Web during an online chat session from 2-3 p.m. May
9 on the Mapping Your Future Web site.
During this live event, financial aid experts from all across the country will provide answers to specific college, financial aid and scholarship search questions. Students and parents will learn more about completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), determining eligibility for federal student aid, and figuring financial need and expected family contribution.
“We are pleased to continue providing this important service to students and parents,” said Chancellor Hans Brisch. “We encourage anyone who is seeking more information about student aid to take full advantage of the knowledge and experience these experts have in this area.”
Anyone with Internet access can join the chat by visiting the Mapping Your Future Web site at www.mapping-your-future.org. Once on the site, simple instructions will then show the visitor how to join the discussion.
Other special Chat Night events this summer include “Summer Financial Aid Questions and Career Planning” June 13; “Online and Distance Education” July 11; and “FAFSA and College Admission” August 8. Mapping Your Future is a public service Web site providing college, career, and financial aid information and services.
The site is sponsored by the Oklahoma Guaranteed Student Loan Program (OGSLP) and guaranty agencies in other states that participate in the Federal Family Education Loan Program.
In Oklahoma, loans for higher education or post-secondary education made to students by private or public lending institutions are guaranteed by the federal government through OGSLP, which is administered by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education.
The U.S. Department of Education awarded Oklahoma with a state GEAR UP grant totaling $20.5 million in August 1999. The grant has been matched by more than $25 million from state and partner resources. With funds totaling $45.5 million, GEAR UP receives 45 percent of total funding from the federal government and 55 percent from other organizations.