Cote earns degree with honors
LAKE WYLIE Meaghan Elizebeth Cote received a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering with honors from Clemson University during the Dec. 18 commencement ceremony.
Cote was president of American Society of Mechanical Engineer, student ambassador for Mechanical Engineering Department, and a member of Women in Science and Engineering, Society of Women Engineers and Alpha Delta Pi. She will begin her career in January with Exxon Mobil in Houston, Texas.
She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Marcel Cote of Lake Wylie.
York Tech announces express hours
ROCK HILL While York Technical College will be closed through Jan. 2 for the semester break, the college is offering holiday express hours to help students with admissions, financial aid and course registration.
Express hours are available Dec. 29-30 and Jan. 2 at the Student Services/Building J. Student can call 8 a.m.-5 p.m. at 803-327-8008.
Admissions and Financial Aid, Open Registration Labs for current students, Academic Records/Registrar and Cashier will be open 10 a.m-1 p.m.
COMPASS Placement Testing hours are 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Bookstore is open 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
York Tech offices open Jan. 5 with classes starting Jan. 12.
Visit yorktech.edu for information.
Avoid student financial aid mistakes
Students should submit Free Application for Federal Student Aid to find out if they’re eligible for state and federal student aid programs, says nonprofit KHEAA.
But don’t wait until the last minute to apply for financial aid. Some programs have deadlines, while others have limited funds. Students and families should submit the FAFSA as soon as possible after Jan. 1 of each year.
Check with the financial aid offices of the schools to which you’ve applied to determine if they require any financial aid forms other than the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
Familiarize yourself with the FAFSA. Unless you are starting college before July 1, you cannot file the FAFSA until after the first of the year.
Look for scholarships using a free online scholarship search. You can find a link to a free search site under the Paying for College tab on www.kheaa.com.
Attend college fairs and financial aid seminars offered at your high school or in your area. If a company charges a fee for helping with applications, remember that you can do that yourself for free. If you decide to pay for help, make sure the company is reputable by checking with the state Attorney General’s office or Better Business Bureau in your area, as well as the area where the firm is located.
Colleges send each student who has applied for student aid a financial aid package. Students and their families should look it over carefully. They should compare offers if they have received offers from more than one school to see which one is the best deal. Of course, students should also consider other factors, such as whether a school offers the academic program a student wants or if it meets other expectations.
Students who need loans to help pay for college must be good consumers. They should apply for federal student loans before applying for private loans. Not all private lenders offer the same rates and benefits. Borrowers should pay close attention to what lenders call the back-end benefits: the interest rate and principal reductions offered when repaying the loan.
In addition, KHEAA disburses private Advantage Education Loans on behalf of its sister agency, KHESLC. For more information about Advantage Education Loans, visit kheslc.com.