Parents, students seeking ways to pay for college

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AUSTIN (KXAN) — As a new batch of freshman head to class, many parents and students are trying to find ways to pay for college.

Gilbert Zavala, Vice President of Education and Talent Development at the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce and Christine Bailie with E3 Alliance, joined us in the KXAN studio.

“All graduating seniors and those already enrolled college should plan to complete the FAFSA this fall,” said Zavala.

The 2017 class of graduating high school seniors, others looking to enroll in college, and those already in college who meet the U.S. residency requirements can apply for federal financial aid. Nationwide, 80 to 89 percent of students receive financial aid.

“Key to qualify is to file early/on time starting Oct. 1….too often families wait till they get their bill or file taxes, this is too late if you want to avoid loans,” said Zavala.

Over $300 million is currently unclaimed by Texas families in aid. On average, each eligible student receives $2,156 per year.

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