New Year’s resolution: Make College affordable

If the ivy walls of college are hiding behind a big cloud of doubt, some help is on the way.

The Maryland Public Television broadcast of “You Can Afford College” runs tonight at 8 p.m. Each year, the program presents updated college financial aid information and new interviews.

The show examines new avenues for obtaining scholarships and grants, common pitfalls in planning for one’s college education finances and how to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Viewers can obtain free personalized advice directly from a financial aid professional via phone (800-222-1292), Twitter (#MPTycac) or e-mail (outreach@mpt.org) during the live show.

The 8 p.m. December 14 broadcast repeats four hours later at midnight, on December 15 at 4 a.m. and January 28 at 2 p.m.
A Spanish-language version of “You Can Afford College” will be available online at video.mpt.tv in January 2012. Information is available at mpt.org.

Those who would rather receive in-person should know that College Goal Sunday, a free program where high school students can receive in-person help in filling out the FAFSA, will be presented in Baltimore on Sunday, Jan. 22, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Druid Hill YMCA (1609 Druid Hill Avenue), on Sunday, Feb. 5 from noon-3 p.m. at Loyola University Main Campus (4501 N. Charles Street), and on Saturday, Feb. 11, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at Ray of Hope Baptist Church (3000 Parkside Drive).

Information on all College Goal Sunday events in Maryland is available at http://CollegeGoalSundayMD.org/

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