Event begins at 6 p.m.

Mauricio Julian Cuellar Jr., Alice Echo-News Journal

Parents and their senior students often have questions about where to go to get information on scholarships and other forms of financial aid.

Questions will be answered tonight at the Alice High School Little Theatre, starting at 6 p.m.

Financial Aid Night is an opportunity to receive valuable information on Federal Student Aid, Pell Grants and Supplemental Education Opportunity Grants and loans, but it is by no means the only opportunity.

AHS counselor Margie Longoria said counselors are available every day to assist parents and students with their financial aid questions or needs, at no cost.

"We are making classroom visits today, to advise students about the importance of Financial Aid Night and to attend with their parents. Parents and students feel sometimes that financial aid is challenging, but if you attend tonight, you'll receive all the information you need to fill out your forms early, so that the students can make sure they receive the aid they need," Longoria said.

Last year, school officials said more than 100 parents and students turned out for the event.

Although the weather is expected to be wet tonight, Longoria hopes the parents and students will make the effort to attend.

Along with information on financial aid, the office also has information on various scholarship opportunities for seniors.

Longoria said parents shouldn't discount scholarship opportunities just because of the time-consuming process. Many scholarships are still available, and there is still time to complete the applications.

"It's very time-consuming, depending on the criteria. A lot of business and entities want letters written," Longoria said. "This morning I went through a stack of scholarships, and many of them want the senior to tell them what they think about a certain topic. If the scholarship pertains to engineering, they ask questions like what part of engineering are you interested in and why. It does take time.

"They usually have to get letters from members of the community and teachers who know about them and what they're capable of to apply for some of the scholarships and that often takes some time also, usually at least two weeks' notice. But it is worth the effort when it comes to scholarships," Longoria said.

Longoria said counselors will be available to answer questions after the group session.