Lack of financial aid hasn't hampered local enrollments – Counselors advise students how to get loans, grants

While college financial aid officials agree it’s never a positive sign when a private lender gets out of the student loan business, it’s too early to tell whether this situation will worsen to the point where it affects South Coast students in large numbers this semester and beyond. At Westmont College, where annual tuition, fees, room and board cost $43,000, Diane Horvath, director of financial aid, said students for the upcoming academic year have not experienced an inability to obtain funding through alternative or private loans. Ms. Horvath said all students have been able to secure Stafford loans as well as parent and private loans. more

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