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College Zone Outreach Center
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[MARCH 11, 2004]  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 www.collegezone.com site and phone counselors available via the toll-free telephone number (800) 899-ISAC [4722].

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 collegezone.com, where 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.

About ISAC

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.

More information is available by calling toll-free (800) 899-ISAC [4722] or visiting www.collegezone.com.

[Illinois Student Assistance Commission
news release]

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