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Press Release

Westchester CPAs’ Free College Planning Fair Aims to Make Process Easier

Alonza Robertson, NYSSCPA Media Relations Manager
Published Date:
Jan 21, 2014

NEW YORK – (January 21, 2014) . The U.S. Department of Education says it takes 5.2 years to complete a four-year college education, which after the purchase of a home, is a family’s largest expense. Thus, exploring, selecting, applying and paying for college is a laborious process that could include numerous pitfalls.

To help families – parents and their children – understand and gain insights into making the college planning process easier is the goal of the NYSSCPAs Westchester Chapter’s “Annual College Planning Event” to be held Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at Mercy College in Dobbs Ferry, N.Y.

The free event – which starts at 6:15 p.m. in the college’s Victory Hall – will feature college planning experts Gary Carpenter, CPA and owner of College Planning Services and Al Hoffman, director of the College Funding Service Center (CFSC) and co-founder and board member of the National College Advocacy Group (NCAG).

Their presentation will include a discussion of the college admissions process, college costs and funding sources, the financial aid process, educational tax benefits, 529 college savings plans, scholarships and other awards.

All attendees will receive a free copy of the comprehensive College Checklist and Timeline for Applying for College booklet.

Seating is limited and all attendees must register in advance by contacting Patricia Galistinos at or 914.949.2990 or Denise M. Stefano at, 914.674.7779.
About the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants (NYSSCPA)
The NYSSCPA is one of the largest state accounting organization in the U.S. and currently represents the issues, standards and public services efforts of certified public accountants who practice in New York State. Incorporated in 1897, the Society fulfills its mission through its 15 chapters with 29,000 members, more than 60 technical and administrative committees and a 39-member Board of Directors. For more information visit