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Mayor Proclaims January “TERI College Access Month”

Boston, MA – Today, Boston Mayor Thomas Menino proclaimed January “TERI College Access Month” in recognition of the help TERI College Access provides to thousands of young people and adults striving to achieve their education and career goals. In a Boston City Hall meeting with Willis J. Hulings III, President and CEO of TERI, the Mayor thanked TERI College Access for its role in helping individuals – particularly low-income students and adults – plan and pay for college. TERI, through its various outreach programs, aids students in identifying sources of financial aid and completing financial aid applications.

“We appreciate this recognition from the Mayor and it couldn’t have come at a better time. Students seeking Fall admission to schools typically begin applying in January and it is a critical time for seeking financial aid,” said Hulings. “Students and families concerned that they can’t afford college need to know that substantial aid is available through state-funded grant programs in Massachusetts and through the federal government, college and universities. It’s important to apply early, preferably before March 1, to investigate all possible sources of aid.”

Fortunately, help in this process is available, according to Hulings. “Our goal is to ensure that students are informed about the many financial aid opportunities available to them,” he said. “Too often, simple lack of information causes students and adults to think college is not within their reach.”

TERI maintains a statewide toll-free hotline 877-ED-AID-4-U (877-332-4348) and runs centers at Boston public libraries that provide free guidance to all those needing assistance in the process of planning and paying for college.

Financial aid information and application assistance as well as paper copies of the FASFA are available at TERI College Access Centers in Boston and Chelsea as well as Educational Opportunity Centers (EOCs) in Boston, Brockton, Lynn, New Bedford, Pittsfield, Springfield, and Worcester. Specific locations are available through the hotline.

The TERI Centers are located at the Boston Public Library (Copley Square) and at branch libraries in Codman Square, Egleston Square, Hyde Park, East Boston, and South Boston. Trained advisors help people research aid sources and complete applications.

A free financial aid brochure titled, Making College Affordable: A Workbook on Financial Aid, Loans & Scholarships for College Bound Students and their Families, is available on the TERI College Access web site (www.tericollegeaccess.org) or by calling the information hotline at 1-877-ED-AID-4U (1-877-332-4348).

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TERI (The Education Resources Institute), a nonprofit organization in Boston, Massachusetts, promotes educational opportunities for all through its TERI College Access and its Loan Guarantee programs.

TERI College Access manages programs targeting low-income individuals and those who are the first generation in their families to attend college. These programs raise student and adult aspirations to include college and other post-secondary education, provide guidance and information directly to students and their families on planning and paying for college, and support increased student achievement in middle and high schools. TERI College Access is also a national leader in promoting strategies for improving college access.

TERI’s Loan Guarantee programs help students close the gap between education costs and their other resources such as financial aid, savings and family support. As the largest and oldest guarantor of private (non-government) student loans with more than $9 billion in outstanding guarantees, TERI brings together lenders, schools, students and families to make available low-cost, high quality financing for postsecondary education. The organization also works in a very successful strategic alliance with First Marblehead Corporation in this effort.