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Financial Aid Planning Seminar Offered Feb. 8 in Council Bluffs

February 4, 2016

Students and Parents Encouraged to Create a Plan for Life After High School

COUNCIL BLUFFS,  IOWA (Feb. 4, 2016) — High school juniors, seniors and their parents can learn about the college financial aid and scholarship process at a free seminar at Iowa College Access Network’s Student Success Center in Council Bluffs. Both the program and the center are free and open to the public.

The event will be held at 6 p.m. on Monday, February 8, on the Iowa Western Community College campus in the Reiver Room of the Student Center, 2700 College Road in Council Bluffs. During the presentation students and parents will receive answers to questions on topics including the financial aid process, FAFSA application review, understanding FAFSA results, understanding costs, college comparisons, financial aid options, scholarships process and where to go for help.

“College costs continue to rise and to be the most successful they can be, students need to have a financial plan in place before they begin college,” explained Steve Irvin, ICAN student success advisor. “The process can be daunting for any student; understanding the application process, the requirements for reporting income and assets. This program will help clear up that confusion so families know what to do. I would encourage juniors and seniors, as well as their parents to attend.”

For attendees seeking a more personalized planning session, individual advising appointments can be scheduled following the presentation. For more information about either presentation, students and parents should contact the Southwest Iowa Student Success Center by calling 515-402-4209 or emailing

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About ICAN

The Iowa College Access Network is a nonprofit, educational organization. ICAN is the College Access Network for Iowa, and a member of the National College Access Network (NCAN). ICAN has locations in Ankeny, Cedar Rapids/Hiawatha, Coralville, Council Bluffs, Davenport, Orange City, Ottumwa, Sioux City and Waterloo, which provide information and support to students and their families as they plan their postsecondary education and apply for financial aid. All ICAN programs and services are provided without charge. For more information about ICAN, call (877) 272-4692 or visit


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