SJC To Host Annual Financial Aid Fair For Parents

January 23, 2014

PATCHOGUE, N.Y. JANUARY 24, 2014 The Long Island Regional Advisory Council on Higher Education (LIRACHE), in conjunction with Congressman Tim Bishop (D-Southampton), invites you to learn how to pay for your childs college education at its seventh annual Financial Aid Information Seminar hosted by St. Josephs College (SJC) on Thursday, January 30, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. 

"The Long Island colleges and universities are finely attuned to the demands placed on students and families to finance college education, said LIRACHE Chair and President of Farmingdale State College Dr. Hubert Keen. "The financial aid departments of the 18 LIRACHE institutions work actively to assure that information is available in various forms to prospective and currently enrolled students.

The Financial Aid Information Seminar will include a keynote presentation by Rep. Tim Bishop, followed by a panel discussion including several financial aid professionals representing 18 colleges and universities from across Long Island. Topics will include applying for loans, common errors, early awareness, FAFSA and federal and state programs. A reception and a resource expo will conclude the evening.

"Higher education is a gateway to opportunity, but students and families need to be informed as they consider options for financing their investment in a college education, said Rep. Tim Bishop. "This workshop will outline how to access education aid and loans, and how to be smart about debt. I thank St. Josephs College, LIRACHE and all of the participants in this important event for Long Island families.

To register and be entered to win a raffle prize, RSVP to 631.632.6586 or visit In the event of inclement weather, a snow date has been scheduled for Friday, February 7, 2014. The Long Island Campus of SJC is located at 155 W. Roe Blvd. in Patchogue, and is accessible via the South Service Road of Sunrise Highway, just east of Exit 52 (Waverly Avenue).

LIRACHE is a supporting organization of the New York Student Aid Alliance, a coalition of colleges and universities and other stakeholder organizations that support funding vital student aid programs for students in New York State. New York Student Aid Alliance Advocacy Day will be held on February 11, 2014.

LIRACHE is an organization composed of 18 institutions of higher learning on Long Island. Participating member institutions include, Adelphi University, Briarcliffe College, Dowling College, Five Towns College, Hofstra University, Long Island University, Molloy College, Nassau Community College, New York Institute of Technology, Queens College, St. Josephs College, Suffolk Community College, Farmingdale State College, Stony Brook University, SUNY College at Old Westbury, SUNY Empire State College, Touro Health Sciences and Touro Law School and Webb Institute.

Congressman Bishop served Southampton College for twenty-nine years in various capacities including financial aid officer and Provost. He has been among the strongest advocates in Congress for college affordability and helped write key provisions of new legislation signed into law this year which made the single largest investment in college financial aid since the 1944 GI Bill, helping millions of students and families pay for college and doing so at no new cost to taxpayers.