College Financial Planning Topic at AFN Event

Financial planning for college was the theme of a work session at the opening day of the Elders and Youth Conference in Fairbanks.

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by Associated Press

FAIRBANKS- Financial planning for college was the theme of a work session at the opening day of the Elders and Youth Conference in Fairbanks.


The session Monday included an exercise where people gathered in three groups to make tall towers by tying together pipe cleaners.


The presenters of the work session compared the pipe-cleaner activity to Alaska Native students who want to go to college. That's because students can draw on the resources of friends and family to make college affordable, just as tying the pipe cleaners together makes the towers stronger.


The presenters also talked about opportunities available to students from the state of Alaska and from Native corporations and villages.


The three-day conference precedes the annual convention of the Alaska Federation of Natives.