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TU to hold financial aid workshop

Whether you’re headed to college for the first time or returning after being out for a while, dealing with financial aid can seem daunting. Thomas University officials hope to help with a free workshop that will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 25, in the Flowers Foods Executive Classroom inside Smith-Bonvillian Hall on TU’s Forbes Campus.

The workshop is open to the public and to students who plan to attend TU or attend other colleges. Clifton L. Mitchell, Jr., TU’s Director of Student Financial Aid & Scholarships, will be the presenter.

“Thomas University is an institution of higher learning with an educational strategy intended to ultimately serve as a general benefit of society,” Mitchell said. “This intention extends beyond classroom activities into other areas of the campus, including information sessions, to better prepare those who desire to go to college. This workshop is designed to bring together our community at large, while helping to assist students and parents with navigating what can be a very complicated process of applying for federal financial aid, regardless of whether they attend TU.”

The workshop will cover topics including the different types of financial aid, how to complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid), general eligibility requirements, interpreting the cost of attendance, what happens after submitting a FAFSA, understanding loans, and additional funding opportunities. Attendees are welcome to ask individual questions after the workshop.

“The greatest challenge that has consistently proven difficult for students when applying for financial aid is understanding the entire process as it relates to the responsibilities of the student following their submission of the FASFA application,” Mitchell explained. “For example, in some instances, students who have applied for financial aid for the first time can be selected for verification. Verification can be an in-depth process that requires the submission of various documents and sensitive information including parents and, or, student tax return transcripts, and the verification worksheet. The student must first successfully complete verification before the financial aid process can continue.”

The workshop is free, but registration is required. Register at For more information, contact the TU Office of Student Financial Aid & Scholarships at 229-584-2460. 

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