Arizona Charter Hosts Fourth Annual Senior Financial Aid Night; Post-secondary and Career Readiness Program Update

Date: May 14, 2012

Fourth Annual Arizona Charter Senior Financial Aid Night
Arizona Charter Outreach Instructor and Post-Secondary Education Coordinator Joseph Mattos hosted the fourth annual Charter Financial Aid Night on April 25.

Guest speakers at the event included Ken Clark, Director of Student Financial Aid, and Sylvia Brongo, Recruitment Services at Paradise Valley Community College, part of the Maricopa Community Colleges network. The speakers conducted a question-and-answer session on applying for federal financial aid and also spoke about the importance of students reaching goals after high school.

Post-secondary and Career Readiness Program Update
Of the nearly 300 students who will be graduating from Ombudsman Arizona Charter Schools this school year, 160 will be attending college or trade schools. Thirty of those students will be utilizing federal student aid primarily through the help of Ombudsman’s Post-Secondary and Career Readiness program headed by Mr. Mattos.

This year, through the Post-Secondary and Career Readiness program, Mr. Mattos assisted more than 30 Ombudsman Arizona charter students with obtaining either grants or loans to continue their education after earning their high school diploma. Ten of those students received full Pell Grant awards of $5,500 for their first academic year. The remaining students were approved for student loans.

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