Financial aid session should be free

In last Thursday's edition of the Norwalk Reflector, the City of Norwalk Parks and Recreation Department had an insert listing their programs and offerings for the fall and winter of 2007 and 2008. One of the listings in this brochure is for a financial aid information session that I agreed to give on Nov. 29. Unfortunately, a facility usage fee was listed to attend my presentation. Since my financial aid presentations are always free, I am not comfortable giving a program that charges participants to attend. Therefore, I urge interested students and parents to attend my high school financial aid programs given locally. On Dec. 12 at 7 p.m., I will be at Edison High School in the auditorium and on Jan. 7 at 6:30 p.m. I will be at Norwalk High School in the Fisher-Titus Learning Center. Throughout the year, I spend countless hours trying to "get the message out" about how to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), where to look for grants and scholarships and general information about college access. It is against my personal ethics and the ethics of my profession to charge anyone for such vital information. In recent months, the financial aid community has been scrutinized for kick-backs and other unethical behavior. I would simply like to set the record straight that my employer and I do not charge for this community service.
Norwalk Reflector Staff
Jul 25, 2010

In last Thursday's edition of the Norwalk Reflector, the City of Norwalk Parks and Recreation Department had an insert listing their programs and offerings for the fall and winter of 2007 and 2008. One of the listings in this brochure is for a financial aid information session that I agreed to give on Nov. 29. Unfortunately, a facility usage fee was listed to attend my presentation. Since my financial aid presentations are always free, I am not comfortable giving a program that charges participants to attend.

Therefore, I urge interested students and parents to attend my high school financial aid programs given locally. On Dec. 12 at 7 p.m., I will be at Edison High School in the auditorium and on Jan. 7 at 6:30 p.m. I will be at Norwalk High School in the Fisher-Titus Learning Center. Throughout the year, I spend countless hours trying to "get the message out" about how to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), where to look for grants and scholarships and general information about college access. It is against my personal ethics and the ethics of my profession to charge anyone for such vital information. In recent months, the financial aid community has been scrutinized for kick-backs and other unethical behavior. I would simply like to set the record straight that my employer and I do not charge for this community service.

Debralee Divers

Milan