Maryland Public Television’s 'You Can Afford College' To Provide Insight on Applying for Aid

Program offers comprehensive, how-to approach on financial aid and free, personalized advice from experts via phone, Twitter and email.

OWINGS MILLS, MD – Maryland Public Television’s broadcast of You Can Afford College will air on Monday, December 10, 2012, at 8 pm.

You Can Afford College, a MPT production for more than 30 years, delivers information tailored to today's parents and students who need comprehensive, up-to-date information on how Marylanders can apply for financial aid for college

The annual live broadcast is co-hosted by Mario Armstrong and Yolanda Vasquez for the third consecutive year.  Armstrong, who earned an Emmy® award for his role as host, will be joined by Vasquez and a staff of more than a dozen financial aid advisors from area colleges to answer calls from viewers.    

The program explores the maze of questions surrounding financial aid and paying for college.  Financial aid counselors will explain how to navigate the labyrinth of government aid and paperwork, from public and private grants and scholarships to tax forms and loan applications. Viewers can find out how to safely navigate the Internet in search of funds for college and will meet students from college campuses across Maryland who have found simple and creative ways to pay for school.

Viewers can obtain free personalized advice directly from a financial aid professional during the live show via:

The 60-minute program will include advice about organizing income tax records, completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), sources of financial assistance, types of aid available, important application deadlines, and websites offering the latest tips on finding funds.  Viewers will hear from financial aid experts who will offer information on the types of aid available and advice on finding and securing grants, scholarships and loans.

You Can Afford College is produced by MPT in cooperation with the Maryland Higher Education Commission.

About MPT

Launched in 1969 and headquartered in Owings Mills, MD, Maryland Public Television is a nonprofit, state-licensed public television network and member of the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS).  MPT’s six transmitters cover Maryland plus portions of contiguous states and the District of Columbia.  Frequent winner of regional Emmy® awards, MPT creates local, regional, and national television shows.  Beyond broadcast, MPT’s commitment to professional educators, parents, caregivers, and learners of all ages is manifest in its year-round instructional events and super-website Thinkport which garners in excess of 1.4 million visits annually. 

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Maryellen Brady November 22, 2012 at 07:00 AM
A Liberal Arts Degree is extraordinary. It opens doors and career opportunities previously unknown or realized. With a college degree, that allows one to hone skills of reading, writing, analyzing, exploring, expressing, researching and speaking to many issues, doors open because employers can mold talents to meet their needs. With my liberal arts degree, you also have the flexibility to change careers and even take time off for family needs. Never underestimate the value of a Liberal Arts Degree. It is not tunnel visioned, single career tract focused or limiting in career paths.
hawkeye November 23, 2012 at 10:39 PM
Waste of taxpayer money…just like the public school's program on publican television. That money should be put into the classroom, not used to propagandize the school's 'stuff'.
1ke November 23, 2012 at 11:07 PM
Could you succinctly explain the process for selecting a college that suits my son's skills and interests? And what is the best way for me to make sure he gets admitted?
Shaka Zulu November 27, 2012 at 04:42 PM
i was told I have to pay for my kids education, they are not the "type" that gets approved, they are white and we both have jobs, so take my tax dollars of course and give to someone who is their "type" It is the world we live in today, oh well what can you do.
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