Mentor Library hosting College Prep Series to help teens get ready for next step

Patricia Saddle talks about selecting colleges at the Mentor Public Library.

Patricia Saddle talks about selecting colleges at the Mentor Public Library.

Mentor Public Library is hosting a College Prep Series from Sept. 16 through Sept. 18 to help people navigate the gauntlet that is college preparation.

The workshops cover finding the right college, the application process and how to find loans, grants and scholarships. Both sessions are free and open to the public, including teens, parents and adults who want to go back to school.

All of the talks will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the library’s Main Branch.

On Sept. 16, Patricia Saddle, an independent educational consultant from the College Planning Center, will present an overview on all aspects of the college-application process. She will discuss choosing a college, applying and financing a college education. She will also offer tips to those who are new to the process.

On Sept. 18, a representative from Lake/Geauga Education Assistance Foundation (LEAF) will talk about financing a college education. They will discuss loans, grants and scholarships, explain the differences between the three and tell students the best way to get them.

Mentor Librarian Cailey Williams organized the series to help parents, teens and anyone else who might be overwhelmed by the college search.

“As a teen, it can be difficult to figure out where to start in the college search and it can be kind of scary,” Williams said. “By setting up this series at the library, we are giving them the opportunity to meet these professionals on a neutral, less intimidating ground. They are encouraged to ask questions and to participate in the workshops.”

“In particular, the financial aid aspect is intimidating,” Williams said. “That is why we will have someone from LEAF explain how it all works and sharing advice on how to manage finances for college.”

This is the third year the library has hosted the College Prep Series.

While the workshops are open to everyone, the library asks that people register for the programs beforehand. They can do so by calling (440) 255-8811 ext. 214 or by visiting Mentor Library’s event calendar.

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