SAN ANTONIO (1/15/13)--Firstmark CU in San Antonio is helping sponsor Student Aid Saturdays, a program that helps high school seniors who are heading off to college or to a technical program and their family members fill out their college financial aid forms.
Local high schools, college campuses and at Cafécollege in San Antonio will host SAS. This year, the program is sponsored by the $758 million asset Firstmark and is in partnership with SA2020, the Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce, San Antonio Education Partnership, and Generation TX San Antonio.
"The impact of Student Aid Saturdays has a ripple effect in our community," said Leon Ewing, president/CEO of Firstmark CU. "It immediately helps students who need assistance get into college. That, in turn, produces a better-educated work force, which ultimately is good for our community. We hope other San Antonio companies will follow suit and sign up to help."
Most colleges and universities require the Free Application for Federal Student Aid form for a student to qualify for any financial aid, including many scholarships. San Antonio still has a low rate of completion of the FAFSA forms. SAS aims to raise that level. This is the second year of the program. During the first year, more than 1,000 students and families participated.