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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 31, 2011

Illinois Student Assistance Commission Announces Money Smart Week Events
College Smart Fair Highlights Statewide Schedule of ISAC Money Smart Week Presentations April 2-9

CHICAGO — The Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) will participate in 7 events throughout Illinois as part of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago’s Money Smart Week, April 2-9, which provides free financial classes to consumers throughout Chicago and the state.  The week is highlighted by the day-long ISAC College Smart Fair April 6, presented by ATG Credit, LLC.

 “Now more than ever, it’s important to be ‘money smart’ when it comes to saving for and paying for college,” said ISAC Executive Director Andrew Davis.  “Money Smart Week is an excellent opportunity to provide free and valuable information to students and families throughout the state.”

A schedule of events is listed below and may also be found at www.collegeillinois.org/outreachcalendar.

Date
Time
Event
Location
Address/City 
4/4
6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
College Fair
Barrington High School
616 W. Main St. , Barrington
4/5
6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
College Fair
Harper College
1200 W. Algonquin Road, Palatine
4/5
6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.
College Fair
Harper College
1200 W. Algonquin Road, Palatine
4/6
9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
ISAC College Smart Fair
Thompson Center
100 W. Randolph St, Chicago
4/7
7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Paying for College–Question
the Experts
Astroth Community Education Center
Heartland Community College
1500 W Raab Rd, Normal
4/9
9 a.m. - Noon
Financial Aid Presentation
Sweet Holy Spirit Church
8621 S. Chicago Ave., Chicago
4/9
10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Financial Aid Presentation
The Youth Campus
901 W. Jackson, Chicago

A state agency, ISAC’s big goal is to increase the proportion of Illinois adults with a postsecondary credential to 60 percent by 2025.  The commission continued its mission to make college accessible and affordable for Illinois students by distributing almost $430 million in student aid to nearly 200,000 students across the state in FY 2010 alone.

The commission provides educational funding via numerous programs such as the Monetary Award Program (MAP), the Illinois Veteran Grant and College Illinois!® Prepaid Tuition Program in addition to outreach to underserved populations through the College Illinois! Corps. Students and families have free access to a wealth of financial aid and college planning information at ISAC’s family of websites available at www.CollegeIllinois.org and www.529prepaidtuition.org.¬¬

Coordinated by the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, Money Smart Week is designed to educate consumers about money management as well as generate awareness of financial education programs on topics such as saving, using credit wisely, and financial education for youth. Currently, Money Smart Week events are held annually in Illinois, Michigan, Indiana, Wisconsin and Iowa, with each offering hundreds of classes and seminars. For more information, visit www.moneysmartweek.org.



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