Zone Outreach Center
now open at Lincoln Land
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SPRINGFIELD -- The Illinois
Student Assistance Commission, in partnership with the Illinois
Community College Board, announced the opening of the College Zone
Outreach Center at Lincoln Land Community College. The walk-in
center, which opened March 1, will be devoted to helping students and
families find student financial aid information and assistance.
Larry Matejka, executive director of
the Illinois Student Assistance Commission, joined Jack Daniels,
president of Lincoln Land Community College, in cutting the ribbon
across the doorway to the outreach center. Other dignitaries
attending the ceremony were Geoffrey Obrzut, president of the
Illinois Community College Board; Gary Davis, president of the
Illinois Community College Trustees Association; state Rep. Rich
Brauer; and state Rep. Jim Watson.
"This center will undoubtedly become an
invaluable resource for thousands of central Illinois students and
families as they look for ways to finance their college education,"
Matejka explained. "Lincoln Land Community College should be very
proud of its proven commitment to serving its community through
efforts like the new College Zone Outreach Center."
The Illinois Student Assistance
Commission is partnering with the 48 community colleges throughout
Illinois to establish a College Zone Outreach Center on each campus.
These centers will support the commission's outreach activities
aimed at promoting the availability of student financial aid
programs through College Zone, including the
and phone counselors available via the toll-free telephone number
(800) 899-ISAC .
The primary benefit of the walk-in
centers on community college campuses will be to provide year-round
personal assistance in completing the Free Application for Federal
Student Aid and computer accessibility to
students can search for additional financial aid programs.
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The opening of the College Zone
Outreach Center at Lincoln Land Community College in Springfield
represents the first of these 48 centers. The commission hopes to
see the remaining centers opened at all Illinois community colleges
within the next two months.
Students and families interested in
visiting the College Zone Outreach Center can find it at Room 1133
in Menard Hall on Lincoln Land's campus, 5250 Shepherd Road in
Springfield. The center will be open during regular business hours
Monday through Friday. Visitors do not need to be enrolled at
Lincoln Land Community College to use the center's resources.
The Illinois Student Assistance
Commission is the state's centralized provider of financial
assistance aimed at helping students and families access
postsecondary education and training. Each year, the commission
awards an estimated $400 million in scholarship and grant aid to
over 190,000 qualified students and also provides an additional $870
million to borrowers through its student loan programs. The agency
offers credit-based alternative loans, a 529 prepaid tuition program
known as College Illinois, and a broad array of outreach and
informational services to ensure that families have access to the
information they need to pay for a college education.
information is available by calling toll-free (800) 899-ISAC 
or visiting www.collegezone.com.
Student Assistance Commission