By Jim Donovan: As the cost of higher education keeps climbing, Bucks County Community College is holding a Financial Aid Information Night. At the FREE forum, parents and students will learn how to complete federal forms to apply for financial aid at ANY college or university.

The forum will be held on Wednesday, February 4, at 7 p.m. in the Kevin and Sima Zlock Performing Arts Center (formerly Gateway Auditorium) on the Newtown campus.

“We’ll explain the details of the FAFSA,” says Donna Wilkoski, Director of Financial Aid, referring to the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. “People look at the form and may find it’s overwhelming the first time they do it. But it’s the best way to find out if you qualify for aid, and the earlier you file, the better.”

The FAFSA must be filled out annually by college students and their parents to determine eligibility for federal financial aid. In addition, many states and schools use the information on the form to decide non-federal aid awards, such as institutional grants and scholarships.

Tobias Bruhn, Executive Director of the Bucks County Community College Foundation, will speak about scholarship opportunities available should a student choose Bucks. In addition, representatives from Bucks’ Financial Aid office will discuss the types of aid offered through both the federal government and the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA).

The campus is located at 275 Swamp Rd., Newtown, Pa., where there is ample free parking. For more information about Financial Aid Information Night February 4, call the college’s Financial Aid Office at 215-968-8200. In case of bad weather, the program will take place Wednesday, February 11. For weather closing information, visit http://www.bucks.edu or call the college’s main switchboard at 215-968-8000.