By Michele Dotson
On Saturday, February 20, college bound teens and their parents converged on local public institutions offering help in deciphering the first step in getting financial aid; the Free Application for Student Financial Aid (FASFA).

Both Hickory Grove Public Library, and the State Employees Credit Union in Mint Hill (and all across the state) were open and staffed with volunteers to help take that first, vital step.

All students are expected to contribute towards the cost of their college education. But how much a student and his family will be expected to contribute depends on individuals’ financial situation. […]