Day: December 20, 2011

Now’s the time to think financial aid

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes The holidays are usually the time when families least want one more thing to do, but for those with college-bound students, now is the time to be preparing to apply for financial aid. That was the message imparted by Paul Allen, a financial aid counselor with Western Oregon University, during a presentation about financial aid preparation provided for students and their parents at McNary High School Tuesday, Nov. 29. Beginning Sunday, Jan. 1, students planning to enroll in college for the 2012-13 school year can submit their Free Application for Federal Student Aid, a single application that provides access to federal loans for college students. The application process takes about half an hour and requires assembling W-2 and bank statements, but it will be time well spent, Allen said. “Take the time because it will increase the options for the type of financial aid available to you as a student,” Allen said. “Fill it out as soon as possible because it will give you priority over students that fill it out later.” Early completion may also open the door to other funds provided through the student’s chosen college or university. The application requires tax information from the year that will have just ended, but applicants can use estimates based on a prior year’s tax returns and then correct the numbers after they...

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Hey kids! Library has free activites

The Salem Public Library is hosting a special activities to occupy young minds and hands during the holiday break. Admission is free for all events. Featured events include: Tuesday, Dec. 20 – Pop-up card and last-minute gift making for children 5 years and older. 2 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 21 – Holiday paperback exchange. Book lovers of all ages are invited to bring 10 gently-used paperbacks to exchange for those brought by others. 2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 22 – Winter holiday party. Holiday-themed stories, songs and a craft are all included. Attendees are encouraged to bring new or gently-used mittens for the YWCA Mitten Tree. 2 p.m. Angry Birds Live. Middle- and high school-aged students are invited to bring the hit video game to life by launching puffballs at pig-laden fortresses. 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 23 – A screening of the 2009 version of A Christmas Carol. 2 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 27 – Book auction. Participants should bring a book in good condition to donate for $100 in “Auction Money” to be used to bids on books of their choice. 2 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 28 – Lego Adventures. Children 5 years and older are invited to let their imaginations soar on construct their wildest creations. 2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 29 – Winter Wonderland Crafts. Children ages 5 and older are invited to participate in a variety of winter...

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