The Long Beach High School Guidance Department hosted a special Financial Aid Night to give parents of graduating seniors a step-by-step guide to navigate through the array of forms and formulas needed to maximize aid and defray the ever-growing cost of college.

College Financial Aid Consultant Barry Fox explained how to compute college costs, reviewed the financial aid process, discussed ways to qualify for various federal and state financial aid programs, and walked parents through the steps to determining a needs analysis. He wrapped up his presentation by giving parents step-by-step instructions for filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (commonly referred to as the FAFSA form) that all students who are interested in receiving any type of financial aid for college must complete. Parents also received information about the CSS/Financial Aid Profile that many colleges also require, along with useful links to free scholarship search engines.

There was also a special Spanish-language presentation conducted by Ruth Pavon, assistant director of financial aid for Molloy College. She discussed college choices with parents and gave them useful ideas for maximizing the funding they receive for post-secondary education.

Although the financial aid process can seem daunting at first, parents left the evening armed with much useful advice about how to pay with less pain.