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Financial Aid Info. At The State Fair

DES MOINES -- With the start of the new school year just days away, many Iowa families will take advantage of the fun and entertainment of the Iowa State Fair before its time to hit the books.  Iowa College Student Aid Commission (Iowa College Aid) invites attendees to visit its Iowa State Fair booth, Aug. 8-18, to pick up free college planning and financial aid information. The booth will be in the Varied Industries Building along the south wall and will be staffed by Iowa College Aid employees ready to answer student and parent questions regarding postsecondary education.

It is never too early to start preparing for college and Iowa College Aids booth will be stocked with information for parents of young children, high school students as well as adults looking to further their education. In addition, families can request a copy of Iowa College Aids comprehensive planning guide, Your Course to College. The popular guide, recommended by counselors across the state, is full of everything that students and families need to know about college and career planning, financial aid, selecting a major as well as tips to help make the transition to college easier.

It is extremely important for Iowa families to have access to neutral and reliable information to help them through the college planning and financial aid process, stated Karen Misjak, executive director of Iowa College Aid. The Iowa State Fair offers an informal environment for students and their families to ask questions and learn more about the college planning process, said Misjak.

Iowa College Aid is a state agency that assists Iowa students and their families as they explore, finance and complete educational opportunities beyond high school. Iowa College Aid administers more than $68 million in state grant, scholarship and loan forgiveness programs and provides services and resources to help Iowans with college and career planning.  To learn more about the programs available visit or call toll free at 877-272-4456.

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