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The annual Financial Aid Workshop for students and parents is at 7 p.m. Thursday at Steamboat Springs High School.

Career and college counselor Gayle Dudley said information about all aspects of financial aid, including state and federal loans and grants, would be provided at the workshop. Scholarships also will be discussed. Students considering college, trade schools and technical schools in the next two years are encouraged to attend, as are parents, Dudley said.

What: Financial aid workshop for high school students and parents

Where: Steamboat Springs High School, Upper Spring Creek pod, upstairs past the library

When: 7 to about 8:30 p.m. Thursday

To learn more

For more information or to volunteer in the career center, call Gayle Dudley, 871-3641

Although many seniors have received a financial aid overview, Dudley said Thursday's workshop would be very helpful.

"Students and parents will get a lot more information at this event," she said. "The majority of financial aid comes in loans; this workshop will have a lot of information on all kinds of student loans."

Dudley said the primary speaker would be Jennifer Helgeson from Colorado Invest, an authority on state and federal grants and loans. Her talk will include information about completing Federal Application for Student Aid forms.

According to a CNN study of national college costs, the average cost of attending a private or out-of-state public institution is $21,235 for tuition alone, and $29,026 including room and board.

The average cost of attending a public, in-state college is $5,491 for tuition alone, and $12,127 including room and board.

Sixty-three percent of students receive some sort of financial aid, according to the study.

On average, full-time students at private institutions receive $9,600 in financial aid annually. Full-time students at public institutions receive an average of $3,300 in annual aid.

Nationwide, according to the study, 70 percent of financial aid comes as loans, 20 percent in grants, 9 percent in federal tax credits or deductions and 1 percent through work-study programs.

The average debt for undergraduates who have borrowed money to finance their educations is $20,000, according to the CNN study.

Dudley said the free workshop would include handouts and information for parents and all high school students.

"Parents of other age students, even freshmen and sophomores, can come and start to plan ahead," Dudley said.

Dudley also said she could use volunteer help in the career center, with jobs such as preparing mailings and helping students find scholarships and summer programs.

"I am it for the career and college center," Dudley said. "I rely heavily on my volunteers."

-- To reach Mike Lawrence, call 871-4203

or e-mail mlawrence@steamboatpilot.com

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