Financial aid applications available

LAWRENCEVILLE - High school seniors seeking college financial aid are encouraged to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as early as possible beginning today.

The FAFSA can be completed online at www.fafsa.ed.gov. To save time, applicants are encouraged to gather the documents they need, such as 2008 W-2 forms, current bank statements and 2008 Federal Income Tax Returns; print a FAFSA on the Web worksheet; apply for a personal identification number and note important deadlines.

Federal financial aid is available for students attending four-year, two-year, public, private, career or trade schools. The aid is intended to cover school expenses such as tuition, room and board, books and other supplies and transportation. Most students receive the aid because of financial need.

To find out about federal financial aid programs and your rights and responsibilities under these programs, read "Funding Education Beyond High School: The Guide to Federal Student Aid." The guide is available online at http://studentaid.ed.gov/guide. Free paper copies can be obtained by calling the U.S. Department of Education at 1-800-4-FED-AID.

Five Guys hosts winter blood drive

SUWANEE - Five Guys Burgers and Fries is hosting the winter blood drive for the American Red Cross.

The Bloodmobile will be at Suwanee Town Center from noon to 5 p.m. Jan. 8.

To book an appointment, call Christy Carlyle-Mitchell at 678-469-2566 or e-mail christy.fiveguys@yahoo.com. Walk-ups are also welcome.

Those who are donating blood should drink plenty of water and refrain from smoking at least one hour before the appointment.

Lilburn business owners invited to expo at Berkmar

LILBURN - Business owners in the greater Lilburn area will have an opportunity to promote their businesses to the community Feb. 12 at Berkmar High School at the Greater Lilburn Business Expo.

The event will be held from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the school's commons area.

During the expo, attendees will have an opportunity to meet neighborhood business owners and win door prizes. School groups will provide entertainment and food concessions.

Expo organizers are renting exhibit space for an early bird rate of $35 until Jan. 15. After that date the rate goes up to $50.

The event is sponsored by the Berkmar Business Education Department, the Lilburn Business Association and the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce. Berkmar High School is located at 405 Pleasant Hill Road near U.S. Highway 29 in Lilburn.

For more information, visit www.lilburnexpo.com.

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