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Former Head of Stanford Financial Aid Office to Lead Local Parents through Funding Options

Post Date:07/22/2015 10:37 AM

For Immediate Release
July 22, 2015

Media contact: 
Meghan Horrigan


Redwood City, Calif. - The City of Redwood City announces a new free workshop hosted by the Redwood City Public Library for local parents and prospective college students to answer questions about the cost of college. Mary Morrison, Stanford's former director of funds management, will lead the discussion on August 6, 2015 and will help answer such questions as "How does financial aid work?" "What types of forms are needed to get aid?" and "Should students work while attending college?"

Mary Morrison has over twenty years of experience as Stanford's director of funds management and was responsible for awarding $131 million annually in undergraduate scholarships through Stanford's financial aid programs. She disbursed another $9 million every year to undergraduate and graduate students in outside and third party awards. Morrison has also taught a popular personal finance class at Stanford, which demystified the complexities of personal banking and budgeting for students.

"No one should be denied a college education due to cost," said Aaron Aknin, City of Redwood City interim city manager. "This workshop will provide parents with a roadmap to available financial aid options from an expert formerly at Stanford University. The City of Redwood City is pleased to offer this helpful workshop and we encourage all prospective college students and their parents to join the discussion."

Morrison notes that her workshops focus on the real cost of college: not just tuition, but housing, books, and other costs of living that can be neglected when budgeting for first-time students. She also takes parents through the process of applying for and being awarded scholarships: how much colleges are willing to pay for a student's education and why. Her goal is to help families identify the gaps in the funds they have for their children's college education, and how to bridge those gaps. "Even if you have limited resources, your kid can still go to college," Morrison says.

The event will occur at 7 p.m. on Thursday, August 6, 2015 in the community room of the downtown library, located at 1044 Middlefield Rd. For more information on the "Cost of College" workshop, contact Sarah LaTorra at the Redwood City Public Library at 

About Redwood City
The City of Redwood City is a San Francisco Bay Area community located in the heart of Silicon Valley, the technology-rich region extending from the San Francisco shoreline to the foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains. Redwood City is the third largest city within the County of San Mateo, with over 84,000 residents. The city enjoys an average of 255 sunny days a year, which it boasts via the city slogan: "Climate Best by Government Test". Incorporated in 1867, Redwood City is home to the San Mateo County History Museum (located in the county's old courthouse) and the only active deep water port within the south bay of San Francisco. The city's vibrant downtown, quickly becoming known as the entertainment hub of the San Francisco Peninsula, offers residents, visitors, and businesses a unique retail, entertainment, and restaurant experience. For more information, visit the City of Redwood City's website at or follow @RedwoodCity on Twitter. To learn more about Redwood City's downtown and to plan a visit, go to

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