Up & Coming Weekly

April 09, 2019

Up and Coming Weekly is a weekly publication in Fayetteville, NC and Fort Bragg, NC area offering local news, views, arts, entertainment and community event and business information.

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APRIL 10-16, 2019 UCW 19 WWW.UPANDCOMINGWEEKLY.COM The FTCC financial aid department's goal is to guide students through the financial aid application and eligibility process so qualifying individuals can use financial aid as a means to pay for college and achieve educational goals. By providing information about FTCC's current services and outreach initiatives, the department hopes to educate cur- rent and prospective students about all the financial aid office has to offer. Recently, the FTCC financial aid office launched a new campaign to reach high school seniors and to encourage them to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, otherwise known as the FAFSA. In addition to FTCC's FAFSA Days, which are offered at the Fayetteville campus, FTCC staff is now visiting local high schools for FAFSA Completion Nights. The FTCC financial aid office will visit Terry Sanford High School on April 9, Seventy-First High School on April 11 and E.E. Smith High School on April 18. All FAFSA Nights are from 5:30-7 p.m. FTCC is excited to kick off this FAFSA completion campaign and hopes other high schools will join in to provide high school seniors another opportunity for assistance in FAFSA completion. FTCC is also a partner with Solutions at Educational Credit Management Corporation, a student loan default prevention company. Solutions at ECMC provide free student loan repayment assis- tance to former FTCC students. This partnership is just one way the FTCC finan- cial aid office demonstrates its commitment to students, even after they have left campus and are entering student loan repayment. Former FTCC stu- dents needing assistance with loan repayment can work with a counselor at Solutions at ECMC to find a payment plan that meets their individual needs. Students can reach counselors who will work with them to find a repayment solution that is unique to their situation at 1-877-331-3262. In an effort to be more accessible to current and prospective students at all times, FTCC now offers an artificially intelligent chatbot named Penny on all of the financial aid sections of its web- site. Penny is available to answer ques- tions at any time, day or night. Currently equipped with a library of more than 850 common financial aid questions and answers, Penny is constantly grow- ing in knowledge, and FTCC staff con- tinue to add new information to the knowledge bank. Follow the FTCC financial aid office on Facebook for updates and informa- tional videos that will help you keep up with the latest financial aid news, schol- arship opportunities and more. FTCC financial aid advisors are ready to assist prospective and current students in the Financial Aid Service Center, located in Room 2 of the Tony Rand Student Center at 2201 Hull Rd. FTCC's advisors can help you complete the 2018- 19 FAFSA for the summer 2019 semester or the 2019-20 FAFSA for the upcoming fall 2019, spring 2020 and summer 2020 semesters. KATHERINE RETTIG, FTCC Senior Financial Aid Technician. COMMENTS? Editor@upand- comingweekly.com. 910-484-6200. EDUCATION FTCC's Financial Aid department partners with students by KATHERINE RETTIG FTCC's financial aid advisors can help students complete their FAFSAs and answer other questions, too. Photo by Monica Melton on Unsplash Westwood Shopping Center & Fort Bragg L O C A L V E T E R A N O W N E D B U S I N E S S Westwood: 439 Westwood Shopping Center 910.860.1220 | theupsstorelocal.com/2974 Fort Bragg: Fort Bragg Mini-Mall 910.436.7877 | theupsstorelocal.com/4787 Steve & Debbie Milburn, Owners We Specialize in: ANYTHING! We Print, Pack & Ship! • Acrylic Photos • Photo Stickers • Magnets • Custom Puzzles • Signs • Banners • Business Cards • Digital & Wide Format Printing • Notary Services • Mailbox Solutions • UPS/USPS/DHL Shipping • Packaging Material/ Supplies • Special Teacher Discounts • AND MUCH MORE! Print/Sign Shop The UPS Store We s t w o o d & Fo r t B r a g g Picture Perfect Gifts Made for Mom IN STORE! Delivering Gifts of Appreciation to Moms Everywhere!

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