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      Educational Opportunities Center at IHCC offers financial aid help throughout the summer

      Most students want to erase any thoughts of school from their minds during summer break.

      However, for students and adults looking to start college in the fall, now is the time to be completing financial aid forms, applications and all other paperwork associated with starting college. Fortunately, the Educational Opportunities Center, located in the Indian Hills Library, isn't taking a summer break.

      Nancy Wright, Director of the Educational Opportunities Center, said the most common concern among those who come in for help is figuring out how to pay for college. The EOC staff is available the next two Mondays in June from 4-6 p.m. for "FAFSA Mondays", where students can get help with the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. From there, they will also help exploring scholarships, state funds and, if necessary, student loans.

      The EOC works hand-in-hand with Indian Hills, but they will help students looking to apply elsewhere. Most importantly, they will help keep students on track with what they should be doing throughout the summer.

      "College applications should be done now and financial aid applications should be done now," Wright said. "And then that gives them some more time to get through a verification process or master promissory note for student loans or other things that will come after those first two steps are done."

      Wright said the biggest benefit of having the EOC on campus is to provide mentors who help take the stress out of the application process and will help avoid any setbacks or confusion in the paperwork.

      When you come in for an appointment, it is helpful to bring information regarding taxes and income with you. You can make an appointment at the EOC by calling 641-683-5135.