July 17, 2012
Paying for college may not have anything to do with movies, filmmaking, or the like; unless you are a student pursuing the dream of moviemaking and planning on going to college. It will come as no surprise when you look up the highest rated film schools in the nation that they are incredibly expensive. The University of Southern California, New York University Tisch School of the Arts, American Film Institute, and California Institute of the Arts all carry a hefty price tag. Paying for film school during and afterwards is going to hurt. It's worth it of course, and I know this from personal experience, but anything that can help alleviate some of the pain is always worth looking into.
Actress Jane Lynch (Role Models, "Glee") announced today at a press conference in New York the launch of The National College Finance Center Website (source: Shoot Online). The brand-new resource is "a free, first-stop, unbiased resource to help educate students, prospective students and families all across the country on how to evaluate their options for financing a college education." The project for Lynch has personal ties, as those close to her are dealing with the stress that comes with student loan debt, the collection calls, and not reading the fine print resulting in trouble after college. She aims to help others avoid this happening to them, and the website is part of the grassroots "Don't Major In Debt" campaign--one that sends a very clear message.
About the National College Finance Center:1
The main principles of the National College Finance Center website are:
• To provide the best resources and ideas for a higher education finance plan
• To take maximum advantage of available grant and scholarship options
• To minimize debt accrued in acquiring a college education
• To understand that all student loans are not created equal
• To understand important repayment strategies that will save money and stress
The interactive, not-for-profit website provides comprehensive, state-specific information about obtaining scholarships and grants and provides guidance on the daunting variety of student loan options available today. Additionally, those who have already accrued student loan debt will receive customized information about the most effective options to pay that debt down.
The new website was developed and implemented by the New York State Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC). The New York Public Interest Research Group (NYPIRG), in collaboration with boutique media agency The Field (Social), directed a dynamic national public service announcement campaign to promote this valuable new resource.
More information can be found directly at the National College Finance Center website.
*All source material courtesy of Actress Jane Lynch Launches The National College Finance Center Website And The "Don't Major In Debt" PSA Campaign at Shoot Online. Publication date: July 17, 2012.
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About Jane Lynch
Jane Lynch cut her theatrical teeth at The Second City, Steppenwolf Theatre and in many church basements all over the greater Chicago-land area helping her become the comedic talent she is today. Jane can currently be seen in the Golden Globe® and SAG Award winning Ryan Murphy television series "Glee" on FOX as the one-liner powerhouse coach Sue Sylvester. With her magnificent comedic timing, Jane has earned herself an Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress, a Golden Globe® Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role, and a SAG award nomination for her role as Sue Sylvester on "Glee." With her wit and luminous stage presence, Jane served as the host for the "63rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards." Some of her other recent television credits include the STARZ series "Party Down," "Lovespring," a Lifetime original series, "Desperate Housewives" and "Weeds" as well as the last season of "The L Word" opposite Cybill Shepherd. She has recurring roles on "Two and a Half Men," where she was nominated for an Emmy® for Outstanding Guest Actress, Criminal Minds and The New Adventures of Old Christine. Jane recently added author to her repertoire. Her memoir, Happy Accidents, was released in September 2011 and includes a foreword written by the legendary Carol Burnett. Jane Lynch, with her comedic timing, fantastic look, and remarkable wit makes her an actress to watch.
NYPIRG is New York State's largest student-directed research and advocacy organization, a nonpartisan, not-for-profit group established to empower, train and educate students and community members through organizing and advocacy efforts in order to solve significant problems affecting residents in New York State and across the country. As a vigilant government watchdog, NYPIRG's principal areas of concern include, among others, consumer rights, accessible, affordable and quality higher education, and voter registration with a particular emphasis on typically under-represented communities. NYPIRG's 20 college campus chapters provide much of our energy, resources and activism. Students at NYPIRG chapters work on projects based upon NYPIRG's community-based, statewide and national agendas.
HESC is New York State's student financial aid agency that helps people pay for college and a national leader in providing need-based grant and scholarship award money to college-going students. At HESC's core are programs like the Tuition Assistance Program (TAP), numerous state scholarships, federal college access grants and a highly successful College Savings program. HESC puts college within the reach of hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers each year through programs like these and through the guidance it provides to students, families and counselors. In 2010-11, HESC helped more than 413,000 students achieve their college dreams by providing $991 million in grants, scholarships and federal student loan guarantees, including $855 million awarded through the Tuition Assistance Program (TAP).
About The Field (Social)
A multi-disciplinary, boutique advertising agency, The Field (Social) knows it's all about the story. It's always been about the story, and in today's complex network of digital, broadcast and social media landscapes, The Field (Social) is able to tell strategic and engaging stories for longer, in more detail, to more people and using several voices at once. Founded by Michael Porte, this team of creatives, producers, animators and editors together with talented online, social media, interactive, experimental and PR specialists offers creative solutions to our clients' marketing challenges through exhaustive planning and by executing smart, cross-platform strategies.