BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - New college students will be converging on Buffalo this week. Monday is move-in day for freshmen at Buffalo State College. Throughout this week they will go to orientation, to introduce them to campus, living in an urban environment and dealing with college finances.
College costs can be a huge burden for both parents and students. Being unprepared for the cost of secondary education can really hurt in the long run. On campus Monday, News 4 spoke with students and parents about the struggles of paying for higher learning.
“The first thing that students think that they need to do is apply for loans but the first thing they need to be doing is applying for financial aid,” said Leslie Dixie-Smith, Buffalo State College Associate Director of Student Accounts.
Dixie-Smith says there are a variety of resources available to help families who are worried about affording college. “Applying for scholarships, taking advantage of programs that are available to students," are some ways that can help defer costs.
Students and parents can get information on available federal student aid at www.fafsa.ed.gov
College move-in and orientation at the University of Buffalo coincides with President Obama’s trip to western New York this week. Obama is expected to address the issue of rising education costs Thursday at UB's North campus.
Canisius College freshmen move in on Wednesday, UB students arrive on campus Thursday and new students at Niagara University move in on Friday.
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