CHICAGO (WBBM) — Local officials and civic groups are teaming up to help more families find and apply for college financial aid.

As WBBM Newsradio 780 Political Editor Craig Dellimore reports, the city Treasurer’s office, the City Colleges of Chicago, and other agencies have joined groups such as the Center for Economic Progress in declaring this Financial Aid Awareness Week.

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Center president David Marzahl says the aim is to make families more aware of the college grants and scholarships available to poor families.

“There’s a knowledge gap, and there’s some alarming statistics, just about the percentage of people who aren’t aware how much need-based aid is available,” Marzahl said.

He said to access that aid, students and their families must fill out a Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA form. He says students can also get assistance with that.

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