Helping students get money for college - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

2/23/09

Helping students get money for college

Lubbock, TX (KCBD) - The cost of college seems to get more expensive every year.  That's why the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board is hosting the "College for Texans" phone bank Wednesday in Austin to help answer questions.

"The number of students that don't attend college, they are just not given the proper information to motivate them to attend or achieve a higher education," said FBLA student Alex Rivas. 

At Lubbock High School the Future Business Leaders of America chapter is partnering with the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board to build awareness, with their community service project, Closing the Gaps.  "We researched the different demographics within our school and our community of who goes to college and those who don't go to college why don't they go to college and we really try to focus on educating and motivating those students who don't think they can go to really push them and say that you can do this," said FBLA student Menaka Yadad. 

Each year $4 billion is available to Texas students in many forms, but most of the money goes unclaimed and these Lubbock High School Students want to change that. "We go to school that has a great academic program but also has a 73% economically disadvantaged population, so we see on an everyday basis of students that have plenty of potential but just simply don't know what they can do to go to college and what college can do for them," said FBLA President Shabab Siddiqui. 

NewsChannel 11's Anchor and Managing Editor Abner Euresti will be in Austin on Wednesday encouraging Lubbock families to take advantage of this opportunity.  "A lot of kids want to go but a lot of them feel like they are not going to be able to because the money's not there, I think it is," said Euresti.   

Abner will be live Wednesday during the 5, 6, and 10:00 broadcasts with the toll free number families can call to get more information on how to pay for college.

"What happens a lot of times is they start looking when it's too late. I think this is going to be a great opportunity to be a starting point to find out what's out there and how do I go about getting the money that's available," said Euresti. 

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