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Clarifi Holds FREE College Financial Planning Workshops

By Jim Donovan: The process of planning for college and figuring out a way to pay for it can keep a lot of parents and students up at night. That's why local college planning service Clarifi College is holding a series of free local college planning workshops. The workshops can help families start the process, answer their questions and inform them on strategies to lessen the staggering debt so many have fallen victim to.

"Real, effective college planning should look at the 'big picture' of all the interconnected parts—your child's major, school and financial plan," says Chris Chaplin, College Planning Advisor for Clarifi College. "In turn, having a plan will encourage you to think about borrowing more carefully and reduce your future debt."

Workshop topics will include reviewing critical college planning steps with juniors and seniors, gaining a better understanding of financial aid options—including the FAFSA and CSS Profile—and offering tips to families with students who have 'no idea' about what major and school to choose.

Clarifi College's workshops will be held on the following dates:

My Kid Has No Idea
Monday, April 21, 6:30-7:30pm
Springfield High School
49 West Leamy Ave., Springfield, PA 19064

How Are We Going to Pay for This?
Wednesday, April 23, 6:30–7:30pm
Haverford High School, Room 126
200 Mill Rd., Havertown, PA 19083

Smart Choices for Juniors and Seniors
Monday, April 28, 6:30-7:30pm
Upper Darby High School, Main Library
601 N. Lansdowne Ave., Drexel Hill, PA 19026

How Are We Going to Pay for This?
Wednesday, April 30, 6:30–7:30pm
Henning's Market
Community Room
290 Main St., Harleysville, PA 19438

My Kid Has No Idea
Thursday, May 1, 6:30–7:30pm
Lansdale Public Library
Community Room
301 Vine St., Lansdale, PA 19446

Families can register for these free workshops at or by calling 888-657-4922. Additional workshops will also be added to the workshops website as they are scheduled.

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