Congressman Pete Visclosky

Representing the 1st District of Indiana

Visclosky, Freeman-Wilson, Gary Community Schools Corporation, U.S. Department of Education Team Up to Host College Financial Aid and Opportunity Night

Feb 5, 2013
Press Release

Gary, IN – Congressman Visclosky announced that he would join Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson, Dr. Cheryl Pruitt of the Gary Schools Corporation, and the U.S. Department of Education as well as ten local colleges and universities for an event to highlight financial aid resources offered by the federal government. The event will be held in Gary on Thursday, February 21, 2013 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM.

The evening’s program will feature a presentation from Richard Blasen of the U.S. Department of Education. Mr. Blasen explained that he will discuss the availability of federal financial aid programs, including federal grants, federal work study, and federal student loans. Currently, over $150 billion in federal funds is available to help American students pay for a college education.

“It’s very important that families understand that is the official website to apply for Federal Student Aid” said Mr. Blasen. “In addition, we encourage families to visit to learn more about the federal financial aid process, scholarships, as well as how to apply for aid.”

“I want to thank Congressman Visclosky for hosting the Student Loan and Opportunity Night,” said Gary Community Schools Corporation Superintendent Dr. Cheryl Pruitt. “These are the types of events that will help college-bound students go on to do great things in higher education and beyond. We’re encouraging them to attend and ask questions about the financial aid process, deadlines, and scholarship opportunities.”

“Events like these create more opportunities for our youth to extend their education and expand their horizons,” said Mayor Freeman Wilson. “We thank Congressman Visclosky for his effort, and it is my hope that our Gary youth will benefit from these resources, go to college and then come home to work where we have positions waiting for them.”

“For Indiana to succeed economically, education has to be more than just K through 12 learning, it needs to be about lifelong learning,” said Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz. “I urge any current high school student, parent of a student, or high school graduate that wants to go to college to attend the Financial Aid and Opportunity Night.”

“I am pleased to welcome local students to the Financial Aid and Opportunity Night,” Congressman Visclosky said. “A college education is a vital step on the road to a secure, prosperous, and lasting career for many of Northwest Indiana’s young people. I thank Mayor Freeman-Wilson, Dr. Pruitt, the U.S. Department of Education, and Superintendent Ritz for their contributions to this important and informative event.”


Colleges and Universities Attending the Financial Aid and Opportunity Night

Calumet College of St. Joseph

DeVry University – School of Management

Ivy Tech

Indiana University Northwest

Kaplan College

Purdue University Calumet

Purdue University North Central

Saint Joseph’s College

South Suburban College

Valparaiso University


            Visclosky College Financial Aid and Opportunity Night

            With Mayor Freeman Wilson, Dr. Pruitt, and the U.S. Department of Education

            Thursday, February 21

            6:00 PM – 8:00 PM (all times CST)

            Gary Area Career Center

            1800 East 35th Avenue

            Gary, IN