HARRISBURG - State Rep. Julie Harhart (R-Northampton/Lehigh) is hosting a college financial aid seminar for area students and parents from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 25, at Whitehall-Coplay Middle School. Area high school students and parents encouraged to attend.

"This is an excellent opportunity to gather valuable information on college financial aid options," said Harhart. "So many families, especially during the recent and ongoing economic climate, are concerned about how to finance their child's college education. This seminar is designed to inform you of the options available and provide information from the primary financial aid agencies and local colleges most families seek information from."

Harhart is specifically encouraging students in 10th, 11th and 12th grades and their parents to attend the informational seminar.

Joining Harhart for the seminar will be panelists from Lehigh Carbon Community College, Northampton Community College, Kutztown University of Pennsylvania, Moravian College, and the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency. There also will be someone to provide information about the TAP program and military funding.

Harhart said each panelist will give a 10-minute presentation on his or her financial aid options. Students and parents also will have the opportunity to ask general questions following the presentations, as well as specific individual questions at tables set up by each presenter before and after the program.

Whitehall-Coplay Middle School is located at 2930 Zephyr Blvd. in Whitehall.

To register, please contact Harhart's Slatington district office at (610) 760-9805 or Northampton district office at (610) 502-2701 and leave your name and the number of people attending.