Library to host college planning event

Tomorrow night, the Auglaize County Public Library is hosting a paying for college seminar from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Andrea Burton, Adult Services Coordinator at the library said the Wapakoneta branch of Minster Bank will be presenting the information to parents and students.

“They (Minster Bank) were actually the ones who approached us about coming and doing some seminars at the library, and we’re hoping that this is just going to be the beginning,” Burton said.

Graduating high school and jumping into the next stage in your life is a big step for parents and students alike, and the information at this seminar will not only cover the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FASFA.

“From the library’s perspective it’s a big change in a student’s life to go from high school to college and there’s a lot involved,” she said. “This seminar is not solely going to be about student loans and FASFA forms, it’s also going to be about understanding basic credit; when student’s turn 18 they’re going to start getting credit card applications, and so it’s just about being smart about establishing your credit when you start college and head into the adult world.”

Customer Service Manager of Minster Bank, Julie Uhlenhake said the first loans young people take out end up being the most important ones in their lives.

“It’s going to set the stage for their credit scores and their financial being for years to come,” she said.
Uhlenhake explained that college loans are not dismissible by bankruptcy, so regardless, if you file bankruptcy or not, that debt is going to follow you around for the rest of your life.

For the full story, see the Monday, Jan. 13 edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.