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Iowa College Access Network Comes to Western Iowa

February 12, 2009

 Iowa College Access Network Comes to Western Iowa 

New College Planning Center Hours Offered in Council Bluffs 
WEST DES MOINES, IOWA (Feb. 12, 2009) — Students and families in western Iowa will 
soon be able to receive free personal assistance with college planning, financial aid and 
scholarship searches through a new partnership between the Community Education 
Foundation (CEF) in Council Bluffs and the Iowa College Access Network (ICAN). 
ICAN currently offers free one-on-one appointments to assist students with college planning 
at the ICAN College Planning Centers in Cedar Rapids and West Des Moines. Through the 
CEF partnership, ICAN outreach representatives will be available in Council Bluffs. Fortyfive minute appointments are available on several Thursdays in March through July. 
ICAN services include: 
• FAFSA completion. The electronic or paper Free Application for Federal Student 
Aid (FAFSA) from the U.S. Department of Education is required to qualify for federal 
financial aid. Professional assistance isn’t required, but ICAN’s free service can 
reduce confusion and ensure accuracy. The FAFSA is available online at 
www.fafsa.ed.gov. 
• College planning preparation. ICAN staff can help students ensure they meet 
college entrance requirements, narrow down college choices and prepare for college 
visits. • Financial aid assistance. Besides offering help with the FAFSA, ICAN staff can 
guide students and families through the entire financial aid process, including 
comparing and evaluating financial aid awards. 
• Scholarship searches. ICAN can help recommend free scholarship searches and 
sources of scholarship funds. 
Office hours will be 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the dates below in the conference room at CEF’s 
offices in the Omni Centre, 300 West Broadway, Suite 212. 
March 5 
March 19 
April 2 
April 16 
April 30 
May 14 
May 28 
June 11 
June 25 
July 9 
July 23
To schedule an appointment, call CEF at (712) 322-8800, ext. 15. 

 

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