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Lakeland University will be expanding services for prospective and current students and alumni who need help with funding their education.

Lakeland's Financial Aid & Educational Funding Office (previously financial aid) is expanding its efforts at a time when more students need help understanding the sometimes complicated world of paying for school.

"We want people to know we can help with all their funding needs, from finding the right scholarship to understanding how loans will impact their future," said Patty Taylor, senior director of the Financial Aid & Educational Funding Office.

Services the office will offer include:

  • One-on-one and group sessions to help students understand the finances of their education.
  • Access to tools to help students understand how to finance their education, including a loan tracker so students can track how much they are borrowing and understand the long-term impact.
  • Helping Lakeland alumni understand repayment options.
  • Assistance with scholarship applications including essay and résumé reviews.
  • Making students aware of any new scholarship opportunities.
  • Work with the Department of Vocational Rehabilitation and the tribal community for grant opportunities and the Veterans Educational benefits.
  • Creating relationships with scholarship foundations to become a link between those foundation opportunities and scholarship applicants.

"We want our students to know we're here to serve in a variety of capacities, not just for need-based grants," Taylor said. "We have services for our entire Lakeland community."

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