LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The University of Louisville and several other organizations will team up at area high schools to conduct free financial aid workshops for college-bound students and their parents.

    The workshops will be held at 20 Jefferson County public high schools, beginning Jan. 14 at Southern High School and concluding Feb. 7 at Central High School. Bellarmine University will be the site of a session Feb. 5. All sessions are from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

    Fliers with all locations and times have been mailed to all Jefferson County Public Schools juniors and seniors.

    The workshops will include instruction on how to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid form, which must be used to apply for most federal and state financial aid programs. Workshop presenters also will answer questions about a variety of financial aid opportunities, including the federal Pell Grant program and the Kentucky Educational Excellence Scholarship.

    In addition to U of L, program sponsors include Bellarmine, Spalding and Sullivan universities; Jefferson Community College; Jefferson County Public Schools; the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority and the Kentucky/Higher Education Student Loan Corporation.

    For more information, call Patricia Arauz, U of L student financial aid director, or Rebecca Carson, unit business manager, at (502) 852-5517.

    John Drees is a 35-year veteran in the Office of Communications and Marketing. As vice president, communications and marketing, he works closely with the president, provost and other senior administrators, oversees the Office of Communications and Marketing, including media relations, marketing and brand, broadcast, social media, internal communication, crisis communication, visitor services and special events and activities. A former sports editor for the Voice Newspapers, he was a regular contributor to a variety of publications, including the Kentucky Sports Report and the Courier-Journal. A poor but enthusiastic golfer, he is an avid Cardinal sports fan. He also loves the Detroit Lions, so pity him.