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ECMC kicks off California college nights to educate families about planning for college

46 events to be held around the state; more than $65,000 in scholarships to be awarded

California students and families wanting to learn more about planning and paying for college can attend one of 46 College Nights events planned throughout the state between now and April 26. The events are hosted by Educational Credit Management Corporation (ECMC), which provides college access and financial education resources to empower students to make informed choices about their futures.

During the next three months, ECMC will give away more than $65,000 in scholarships at the events. The company has hosted College Nights events in California for the past six years.

"College is often the first big financial decision a person will make," said Monique Adorno-Jimenez, director of ECMC's The College Place (TCP) Northern California, located on the University of California, Berkeley campus. "Our goal is to bring the presentations directly to students and families in an effort to ease the burden of understanding financial aid and the complex college planning process."

College Nights are interactive events designed to help students and their families choose the right college, navigate the financial aid process, and find scholarships while avoiding scholarship scams.

In addition, attendees at each event will have the opportunity to win one of three $500 scholarships.

ECMC's focus is on reaching the highest need students and families. College Nights are traditionally held at high schools where eligibility for free and reduced lunch is 50 percent or greater.

A full list of California College Nights is available here.

About ECMC
Educational Credit Management Corporation (ECMC) is a nonprofit corporation with a mission to help students succeed. ECMC works to lower student loan default rates; sponsors college access and success initiatives, and financial education programs; and provides resources to support student loan borrowers to successfully repay their loans. To learn more about ECMC's initiatives, visit www.ecmc.org/students.

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