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CFO Atwater Offers ‘Paying for College: Controlling Your Degree of Debt’ To Guide College-Bound Students and Parents in Financial Decisions


Contact: Chris Cate
(850) 413- 2842
TALLAHASSEE - In honor of College Savings Month in September, Florida Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater today announced that the Department of Financial Services is teaming up for a second year with the Florida Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (FASFAA) to offer a free webinar entitled “Paying for College: Controlling Your Degree of Debt.” As financial aid application deadlines are fast approaching, this webinar will provide valuable information on the variety of financial aid programs that can minimize college debt.
“It is very important to our students and the well-being of our economy that higher education becomes more affordable,” said CFO Atwater. “As a society, it is our responsibility to provide these young adults with all of the resources available to ensure their success.”
The webinar will be offered at 1 p.m. on Sept. 17th, 5:30 p.m. on Sept. 19th, 5:30 p.m. on Sept. 30th and 8:30 a.m. on October 2nd. The webinar will provide information about the variety of financial aid programs available, how financial need is determined, how to calculate the true cost of education and how to complete all the steps in the financial aid application process.
FASFAA is a statewide association that represents institutions of all sizes and types from proprietary schools to large universities.
“Core to FASFAA’s mission is to promote an awareness of financial aid to students and parents,” said FASFAA President Wayne Kruger. “Helping the citizens of Florida achieve the dream of higher education improves the strength of our state for all its citizens. FASFAA is proud to partner in this endeavor for a second year.”
Bill Spiers, Director of Financial Aid at Tallahassee Community College and past president of FASFAA, who is presenting the seminar said, “The challenge of paying for a college education often creates a barrier for those who most need help to obtain a college or technical degree.  Our goal is to ensure every student has the knowledge and skill necessary to secure funding for college and understand the programs offered to assist families who need help meeting the cost of higher education.”
For more information or to register for a “Paying for College: Controlling Your Degree of Debt” webinar, visit or call the Division of Consumer Services helpline at 1-877-MY-FL-CFO (693-5236).
This webinar is offered as part of CFO Atwater’s Your Money Matters initiative to help Floridians secure a firm financial foundation. This program provides important financial information and resources to inspire all Floridians to take charge of their financial future.
Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater, a statewide elected official, oversees the Department of Financial Services.  CFO Atwater’s priorities include fighting financial fraud, abuse and waste in government, reducing government spending and regulatory burdens that chase away businesses, and providing transparency and accountability in spending.