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October 25, 2017 • pef-staff

College Goal TN Conference 2017: Building Your Dream


Contact: Stacy Lightfoot

slightfoot@pefchattanooga.org / 423-648-4443


Register Now for College Goal Tennessee 2017

High School & College Students, Parents, Educators & Counselors

Invited To Learn More About College Financial Aid

CHATTANOOGA, October 24 – High school students, parents and educators, mark your calendars for Saturday, November 4. Join us at the “4th Annual College Goal Tennessee 2017: Building Your Future” from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm at the UTC University Center at 615 McCallie Avenue. PEF, UTC & our partners are hosting this free college planning and financial aid workshop as part of the nationwide “College Goal” initiative. Free breakfast and lunch will be provided. On-site registration will begin at 8:30 am.

Last year, more than 300 people attended the conference which informs families and educators how students can succeed in college and how to apply for financial aid. Participants will receive free on-site assistance completing the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) – the federal financial aid form that students and parents are required to file for students to be eligible to receive any state or federal assistance. College students and their parents are encouraged to attend as well.

Some of the workshop titles will include:

  • Show Me the Money: Financial Aid 101
  • Paying for College: Steps after the FAFSA
  • Applying to QuestBridge
  • Conexion Americas
  • Low Stakes Placement Testing
  • Music and The Arts in Postsecondary Education
  • Navigating The Campus Social Scene
  • Life After High School
  • How to Find More Money for College Now
  • How to Overcome Summer Melt
  • Primary Means to Promote Your Child’s Well-Being
  • Georgia State University’s Innovative Approach to Access & Research
  • Realizing Dreams: Non-cognitive Factors Promoting a Positive Postsecondary Education Experience
  • UT-Chattanooga College Tour
  • Don’t Be Basic: Self-Marketing Fundamentals for the Job Search

“During this free, half-day conference, students and their supporters will learn from experts and each other how to be successful in college,” says PEF’s Stacy Lightfoot. “Topics will range from financial planning for college and navigating applications to what employers look for in potential hires, and much more. Business leaders, college admissions, and financial aid experts will lead the sessions. This conference will confront real topics that affect the persistence of college students.”

Participants can register at www.surveymonkey.com/r/CGTN2017. This free workshop is sponsored by PEF, UTC, Chattanooga State Community College, HCDE, YoungandWiser, Inc., edsouth, FAFSA Frenzy, Girls Preparatory School, Naviance by Hobsons, SACAC (Southern Association for College Admission Counseling), TSAC (TN Student Assistance Corporation), and TCASN (TN College Access & Success Network).

For more information, contact PEF VP of College & Career Success Stacy Lightfoot at slightfoot@pefchattanooga.org or 423-648-4443.


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