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Quincy Notre Dame speaks on financial aid in annual open house

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Students and parents know the importance of financial aid when they graduate high school, but what about when they're going into high school? For schools like Quincy Notre Dame, it's bringing more people into the classrooms.

Parents came into Quincy Notre Dame to learn more about the school before enrolling their kids.  One of those parents was Megann Yakle.  As she toured the school and sat in on the meeting, she says money is a concern, but she now knows QND can help.

"I feel like if there's a family who can't afford it, that they will do everything in their power. They want your kids to be here. The financial aspect of it is just minor," she said.  

The school provides scholarships for incoming freshman and assistance for those in need. Executive Director of Quincy Notre Dame Foundation Kurt Stuckman said more people are asking for help.

"The request for financial aid have gone up pretty significantly. You look at the number of students and families who have received financial aid, we're looking at an increase from 28% to about 42% in a three year period," Stuckman said.  

This school year, QND saw their highest freshman enrollment since 2005, and Stuckman said if more people come that could mean more assistance from the school.  When Yakle heard more than 40 percent of people needed financial assistance, it took her by surprise.

"I just didn't think there was that many people that needed financial help. And when you think of this place you think of it's all rich kids and their parents have money and that's just not the case," Yakle said.  

QND provided about $135,000 in tuition aid during the 2012-2013 school year.  If you weren't able to attend the open house or are looking for additional information, you can click on this link. 

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