How to pay for college? Learn at free Valley United Way program

Valley United Way will kick off its 2014 Financial Education Series with a program Tuesday, Feb. 4 on Financial Planning for College at Ion Bank, 75 Tremont St., Ansonia.

The 5:30 p.m. will be presented by the bank's John DeLeo. It is free and open to the public.

Next to the purchase of a home or planning for retirement, there is probably no financial issue more important for a family to consider than college.

The cost of higher education is more expensive than ever and rising much faster than inflation, and this program will provide information on how to plan for tuition and related expenses.

Reservations are suggested and can be made online at or by calling Valley United Way at 203-926-9478.

Earlier session postponed

An earlier Financial Education Series session planned for Jan. 21 on Fraud Prevention and Awareness has been canceled but may be rescheduled. It was to take place in the Valley United Way office in Shelton.

Meeting community needs

Valley United Way is a leading philanthropic resource for the Valley towns of Shelton, Ansonia, Derby, Oxford and Seymour, matching the needs of the community and the interests of donors to improve the region’s quality of life.

The local United Way’s programs focus on addressing youth, families and people in crisis. The agency is based in the former Layayette School on Grove Street in Shelton.