Santa Clara County Library District Announces “How to Finance Your College Education” Program

For Immediate Release:
September 10, 2012

Workshops to Provide Information, Tools and Resources for High School and College Students 

Santa Clara County Library District (SCCLD) announces its workshop series called “Don’t Shoulda, Woulda, Coulda Yourself: How to Finance your College Education!” 
These presentations are part of SCCLD’s Smart Investing @ the Library initiative and will be held in various locations this fall. Participants will learn the ins and outs of financial aid for all types of higher education institutions – the Community College, Cal State University, and University of California systems, and Private Colleges. Presentations in English, Spanish, Vietnamese and Mandarin will be available. They are free and open to all.
Presenters: Financial Aid Advisors from Mission College
Audience: High school and college students and their families 
Tuesday, September 25, 7 pm: Milpitas Library (English)
Tuesday, September 25, 7 pm: Milpitas Library (Vietnamese)
Wednesday, September 26, 7 pm: Gilroy Library (English)
Wednesday, September 26, 7 pm: Gilroy Library (Spanish)
Tuesday, October 9, 7 pm: Morgan Hill Library (English)
Wednesday, October 24, 7 pm: Campbell Library (English)
Wednesday, October 24, 7 pm: Cupertino Library (Mandarin)
Monday, October 29, 7 pm: Cupertino Library (English)
Tuesday, November 6, 7 pm: Saratoga Library (Mandarin)
According to a recent College Board report, steep funding cuts to higher education in California and elsewhere have sent tuition and fees soaring the past few years. To make matters more complicated, families with children in public colleges often don’t know what the cost of tuition will be until the end of the summer, when state budgets are finalized. This can result in last minute fee increases that families are not prepared for. Presentations will provide insightful information on how resources and services to finance college education with minimal debt and surprises.  
About Santa Clara County Library
Known as one of America’s best 100 public libraries, the Santa Clara County Library District promotes knowledge, ideas, and cultural enrichment. Its collection includes 1.8 million books, videos, CDs, DVDs, audiobooks, eBooks and extensive online resources that users can access from home or work. 
For eleven years, the Library has ranked as one of the best in the nation for its size by Hennen’s American Public Library Ratings, which uses 15 different benchmark measures such as collections, circulation, visits and customer service.  Also recognized as one of America’s 2011 Star Libraries by Library Journal and with more than 3.8 million visits each year, the Santa Clara County Library District is one of the most-used public resources in the region.  
The Santa Clara County Library District includes two book mobiles, a online library, seven community libraries and one branch library serving, Campbell, Cupertino, Gilroy, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Milpitas, Monte Sereno, Morgan Hill, Saratoga and the unincorporated areas of Santa Clara County. In 2011, Santa Clara County Library had 366,035 library card holders, recorded 3,341,593 visitors, and a circulation of 10,945,949 items.  Visit Santa Clara County Library online at
Media Contact: Gwendolyn Mitchell/Marina Hinestrosa, Office of Public Affairs, (408) 299-5119; Patricia Lorenzo, Santa Clara County Library (408) 293-2326, ext. 3010; Derek Wolfgram, Santa Clara County Library, (408) 293-2326, Ext. 3002