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NMC Assists Close to 400 Participants at Cash for College Workshop (November 19, 2013)

The Northern Marianas College recently hosted a well-received and successful “Cash for College” workshop over the weekend where staff members and community volunteers provided free, one-on-one financial aid assistance to nearly 400 participants.

The purpose of the free workshop was to assist students and their parents maximize scholarship opportunities currently available to those seeking to obtain a college education.

At the workshop, participants received personal, step-by-step assistance in completing college financial aid forms for the various federal and local scholarships and grants including the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), the Saipan Higher Education Financial Aid (SHEFA), the CNMI Scholarship, and the College Access Challenge Grant Scholarship.

Other scholarships featured at the event included the Gates Millennium Scholarship, the Businesswoman of the Year Scholarship, and the Women’s Opportunity Award sponsored by Soroptimist International.

In addition, staff members from the College’s Office of Admissions and Records were present to provide information and assistance with the NMC application process.

The approximately 383 workshop participants also received free notary and copying services, as well as fee waivers for the NMC admission application fee and placement tests for the upcoming Spring 2014 semester.

Many of these participants were students from Marianas High School, Kagman High School, Saipan Southern High School and other private high schools. Some of the participants also included parents of students, and students currently enrolled at NMC.

“We are so lucky to have this kind of service brought into our community,” said one student in attendance.

Another attendee, from Marianas High School said, “I came in a little bit anxious, but left satisfied with the help I received. This workshop was worth my time.”

“We are very pleased with the great turn out for the Cash for College workshop,” said NMC Dean of Student Services Leo Pangelinan. “It was rewarding to see many students take advantage of this opportunity to see what financial aid opportunities are available and how to maximize and apply for them.”

However, for students who missed the recent Cash for College workshop Pangelinan recommends visiting NMC’s Financial Aid Office in Room N-1 at the As Terlaje campus (M-F: 8am-4:30pm) or contacting the office at (670) 237-6792 to get assistance in filling up forms.

The free Cash for College workshop including the past workshops in Tinian and Rota were made possible through financial support from the U.S. Department of Education’s College Access Challenge Grant program. This federal program aims to increase the number of students from under-represented minority populations enrolled in college.

The Cash for College event is part of the college and higher education focused activities lined up for College Month. For a list of upcoming activities that are part of College Month, visit

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