Indiana University Kokomo

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KOKOMO, Ind. — College students on a budget are always looking for ways to make their dollars stretch a little further.

Hunt HallHunt HallAt Indiana University Kokomo, the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid is making it easier for students to find free and low cost resources, by hosting its first-ever Financial Literacy Awareness Community Fair and Festival.

The free event, at 6 p.m. Wednesday, July 31, offers students — and community members — a chance to meet representatives of area non-profit agencies that offer programs and services in the Kokomo area. Students may also win one of five $100 scholarships for the fall semester.

Vinny Vincent, assistant director, organized the fair to show ways people can make the most of their money, particularly while they are in college.

"Financial aid is just one aspect of financial literacy," he said. "As we talk about student loans, we also talk about using our resources as efficiently as possible. Many people don't know about the free and low cost options available to them right here in their own back yard. This is a chance to learn about it, in a fun environment."

In addition to booths for the organizations, which include Project Access, the American Red Cross, Carver Community Center, Habitat for Humanity, and the Family Service Association, there will be free carnival games, food, and prizes

The Financial Literacy Awareness Community Fair will be in Alumni Hall and the Kelley Student Center Commons. Free parking is available on campus.

For more information, call Vincent at 765-455-9451, or e-mail jrvincen@iuk.edu.

Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.