In an effort to help area students and their parents learn about available financial aid options for higher education, state Rep. Julie Harhart (R-Lehigh/Northampton) is again hosting a financial aid seminar from 7-9 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 21 at Catasauqua High School in Northampton. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m.

The school is located at 2500 W. Bullshead Road in Northampton. In the event of inclement weather, a snow date has been scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 6.

"This seminar continues to get better every year, with lots of great information shared with families who have students planning on heading off to college or other post-secondary education," said Harhart.

"I encourage all parents and students in our area high schools to attend the seminar and have their financial aid questions answered."

Those invited to attend the informational seminar include students in 10th, 11th and 12th grades from Catasauqua, Northampton, Northern Lehigh, Parkland and Whitehall-Coplay high schools, as well as students from Lehigh Career and technical Institute, and their parents.

Joining Harhart for the seminar will be representatives from area universities and trade schools, as well as the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency, the Pennsylvania National Guard and the PA 529 College Savings Program.

Attendees will benefit from two presentations during the first half of the program titled, "Thinking About College? Early Planning is a Must!" and "What is the Role of Parents in College Selection?"

An overview will also be given on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, otherwise known as FAFSA, during the second half of the program.

To register for the event, contact Harhart's Slatington district office at 610-760-9805 or email Jodi in her district office at jnestor@pahousegop.com and leave a name, telephone number and the number of people attending.