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Rochester Mayor announces March College Madness

Rochester, N.Y. - Mayor Lovely Warren and partners from the education and health
community announced two efforts to help families break down barriers to federal programs that offer assistance to families and students.

The first of these efforts is March College Madness, a new program creating opportunities for parents and students to learn about financial aid options and receive individual assistance in beginning the process of filing a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

These sessions will be led by admissions and financial aid representatives from higher education partners who will present "Financial Aid 101" - an overview of financial aid programs and processes.

Experts and trained volunteers will then provide one-on-one assistance to participants in obtaining a U.S. Department of Education PIN (Personal Identification Number) and completing the FAFSA.

March College Madness partners include: Monroe Community College; SUNY Brockport; St. John Fisher College; University of Rochester; Roberts Wesleyan College; Rochester Institute of Technology;Nazareth College; City Department of Recreation and Youth Services; Rochester Public Library's Safe to be Smart Program, and Rochester College Access Network.

Rochester College Access Network is a program of Rochester Education Foundation, a community collaborative providing support to college access efforts for Rochester students in grades 6 through 12.

Rochester Education Foundation is a not-for-profit organization providing resources and programs for city students. free. MCC is happy to help students and their families take that first step in achieving the dream of a college education."

Students will need family income information and their Social Security number to apply for a U.S. Department of Education PIN.

A PIN is required to complete the FAFSA. For more information about March College Madness, visit

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