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McNeese holds Financial Aid Awareness Day

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February is Financial Aid Awareness month and McNeese State University is reminding its students that it's not too late to receive financial help. 

At Financial Aid Awareness Day at McNeese on Wednesday, students learned more about how to pay for college and for some students, the help was greatly appreciated.

"If I didn't have it, I would not be able to go to school. I really wouldn't. Or if I did, I'd have to work a few jobs," said Caleb Whalley, a McNeese senior.

Freshman Jaresa Jackson said receiving financial aid is a huge help. 

"The Pell Grant, it covers all my books and all my classes and it was like just enough. I mean, it was a lot. College costs a lot! It would have took me a long time to get that money and I wouldn't have had anything, but I'm thankful for that," Jackson said.

"I keep my grades up, I get rewarded for that, so now it's helped me pay for college," said Caryn Meschwitz, a freshman.

Financial aid comes in all forms, not just loans, such as grants and scholarships. The pre-application and processing for financial aid is still the same according to Assistant Director of Financial Aid Janet DeLaine. But there are some changes that may impact the cost for an education.

"Unfortunately, with the budget cuts that we're facing, there have been increases to tuition and the students have had to see increases in other things such as housing and meal plans and things like that," DeLaine said.

DeLaine said the Office of Financial Aid wants students to realize the department officials are there to provide help and information. 

"A lot of people think that they can't get any financial aid because of their income or their parents' income, and actually there is financial aid available for everyone," she said. "We encourage everyone to apply and find out what they are eligible for."

The Office of Financial Aid is open from 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 

The office is already working on helping students for the fall semester, but students can still apply for financial aid for the current semester and the summer.

For more information on how to apply for financial aid, you can visit the website by clicking here.

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