PEF feeds parents hungry for College Knowledge at lunchtime

Parents of children approaching college age who are hungry for information that will help them afford their children’s college education are encouraged to attend Public Education Foundation’s monthly College Knowledge lunch sessions.


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Parents learn to navigate the financial aid process during PEF’s last College Knowledge session.

The next is the “Top Ten Financial Planning Mistakes By Parents About College” course being held at PEF Wednesday, Feb. 20 from noon to 1 p.m.

Each session is geared toward parents, teachers and adults who are helping a child navigate the college admissions process.

“Parents especially are hungry to learn how they can help their child,” said PEF’s Stacy Lightfoot. “This is something we wanted to do to serve the community and the parents.”

For the students themselves, PEF also supplies a college advisor at each of the high schools in the Hamilton County system.

“This is something to supplement what was already going on in the high schools, something quick and easy people can do,” Lightfoot said of the free public sessions.

Last month the inaugural College Knowledge lunch and learn focused on financial aid, as January is the month students can begin filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, she said.

Lightfoot said PEF plans to continue to hold the sessions after the success of the first, which drew 39 attendees.

“That room was packed last month,” she said. “The energy that was created last month was unbelievable.”

Lightfoot said she was surprised that only one set of parents had a child who was a senior in high school — the rest were parents of eighth-graders through juniors.

This month a financial planner will be going over common mistakes parents make when investing toward their children’s education.

Anyone is welcome to attend. An optional hot lunch will be available for $5.

“We wanted to make this easy and affordable,” said Lightfoot.


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