To the Editor,

I attended the 2017 Ellis College Fair at the Waxahachie Civic Center on September 20th along with 100’s of students and their parents. This seemed like a futile effort for students to gather information on the almost 100 colleges that were there and hear the short sales pitch of the college representatives. This is a poor way to start for one of the biggest decisions and expense of the students’ career.

Unfortunately, most students have no idea if they are on the right career path since the average time in college is 5.6 years because many will be changing majors. Students that make it through college in 4 years save them and their parents thousands of dollars. They also don’t know if they are looking at the right school that will give them the best financial aid package.

Roughly 90% of all parents and students are going to have to take out loans to pay for college. The college is where most of the financial aid is going to come from. Since most parents don’t have a plan for paying for college they take out the loans that are part of many aid packages and end up paying more than they should have to for their child’s college education.

There is a free workshop to residents of Ellis County being offered at the Nicholas P Sims Library in Waxahachie on October 10th at 6:30pm called “How to pay for you Childs College Education with as little out of pocket as possible, an insider’s guide to getting maximum money for college.” There is a better way to plan for your child’s college education.

James Bell, Waxahachie