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Annual Financial Aid and Recruitment Fair attracts thousands of students
By Melissa Vasquez, Senior Writer
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Posted: 03/01/2002
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Thousands of high school and college students learned about financial opportunities available for pursuing a higher education degree Friday, March 1 during The University of Texas-Pan American annual Financial Aid and Recruitment Fair.


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High school and college students met with UTPA recruiters and counselors recently during the annual Financial Aid and Recruitment Fair. Hosted by Student Financial Services and Student Outreach Services, this year’s theme was “UTPA – The American Way.” Students were assisted in completing financial aid paperwork for the upcoming fall semester, provided campus tours and more.
“The purpose of this event is so we can promote early awareness to apply for financial aid to our UTPA students, as well as high school students,” said Monica Alvarado, assistant director for Student Financial Services and Scholarships.

With a theme of “UTPA – The American Way,” the day's events included one-on-one assistance with Free Applications for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) for 1040EZ and 1040A tax forms, admissions and financial aid presentations, and campus tours.

More than 1,000 students from Rio Grande Valley high schools, San Marcos High School and two Corpus Christi colleges – Del Mar College and Coastal Bend Community College – attended the fair.

“It was pretty cool and a good experience to learn about all the financial stuff,” said Chris Gonzalez, a Coastal Bend Community College student. “I really like the campus and the benefits and activities it offers.”

More than 17 lending companies and financial institutions were also on hand to speak to students about student loan procedures. Faculty representatives from UTPA’s various colleges and campus organizations were also available to answer questions.

For more information on financial aid, please call 956/381-2501.

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