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UPDATED January 29, 2015 at 8:30 a.m.

Relay for Life kick-off meeting January 29

It’s less than six months away, but it’s not too early to begin planning for the annual Ripley County Relay for Life. The kick-off meeting will be Thursday, Jan. 29, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Big Four Café in Batesville. Anyone considering being a team captain, team participant or corporate sponsor is invited to attend. Also invited are all cancer survivors and caregivers and anyone interested in volunteer opportunities associated with Relay For Life. The kick-off event will also offer more details around the 2015 Relay For Life of Ripley County, which is scheduled for June 13 – 14 at Jac-Cen-Del High School. Anyone interested in getting involved in or learning more about Relay for Life is encouraged to attend.

Relay For Life is a fun, family focused event in which the community comes together in the fight against cancer. Teams build awareness and raise funds to fight cancer by walking throughout the night. Volunteers are needed to organize and recruit teams, secure community support, coordinate logistics, assist with publicity and plan entertainment. For more information, contact Jeni Schnebelt, event chair at 812-571-0297 or email the group at Teams may register online at at any time.

UPDATED January 15, 2015 at 8:45 a.m.

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UPDATED December 31, 2014 at 10:30 a.m.

Need financial aid for college?

An important window will soon open for Indiana college-bound students who need help paying for tuition. 

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA, determines how much financial aid schools can award based on a family’s financial situation. The application can be filed starting Jan. 1. Laurie Wolfe, a board member of the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators, says preparing now can make the process less stressful.

“Now that we’re at Christmastime, that’s a good time to sit down with the family and start talking about ‘what do we need to be looking at?’” she says. “I highly encourage people to get hold of a copy of that application now, look through it, pull together the documents that you need.”

The list of documents includes income tax returns and investment statements. 

The application deadline is June 30, but to avoid missing any deadlines for special scholarship programs, Wolfe recommends completion before Feb. 15. Federal aid is based on need and offered through grants and loans. 

Wolfe says families need to understand the difference, and look at ways to reduce costs before students begin college.

“Our fear is that students will not think about what happens down the road, when they graduate and they’re 20, 25, $30,000 in debt,” she says. “And, they have to pay that back and, at the same time, they’re trying to buy a new car, get a new house, maybe relocate.”

 While in high school, Wolfe says students should consider volunteer opportunities that can be helpful experiences in getting a scholarship or high school courses that can be counted for college credit.

 Wolfe says another option to bring down the cost of college is to complete general education courses at a two-year school before heading to a four-year institution.

“Community college runs about anywhere between $110 and $160 a credit hour, which is far less than what it would cost at the four-year publics or the four-year privates,” she says. “So, that’s one thing to look at.”

For Indiana residents, Wolfe says annual student tuition and fees average about $3,000 at a community college, $8,000 for public universities and $30,000 for private colleges.

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