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MPT’s annual Ways to Pay for College


MPT’s annual Ways to Pay for College program
provides timely tips for financing college education

Annual special to air live on September 26 from Morgan State University

OWINGS MILLS, MD – Maryland Public Television (MPT) continues its tradition of providing viewers valuable insights into successfully navigating the college selection and financial aid process with Ways to Pay for College, a live, one-hour special airing Thursday, September 26 at 7 p.m. on MPT-HD.  A live stream of the program will also be available at and remain there after the broadcast.


Ways to Pay for College originates this year from Morgan State University in Baltimore. Kerry Cavanaugh is host for the live portion of the broadcast, while co-host Mario Armstrong contributes recorded segments guiding viewers through the twists and turns of finding money for college.


During this fast-paced program viewers will hear from financial aid professionals and learn about government initiatives such as the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and Maryland’s Student Load Debt Relief Tax Act.  Viewers are encouraged to send email questions to before, during, and after the program.


The program will also features success stories from Maryland students who conducted financial aid research and made smart choices in selecting their colleges and career paths.


To date, the program’s financial aid experts have answered hundreds of questions about government aid and paperwork, public and private education grants, scholarships, and student loans.


MPT-HD will also air a half-hour recorded version of Ways to Pay for College on Saturday, September 28 at 11 a.m. The hour-long version of the program will continue to be available for viewing at


Mario Armstrong previously earned an Emmy® award from the National Capital Chesapeake Bay Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for his role as co-host of this annual special.


Ways to Pay for College began at MPT in 1981 under its original name, You Can Afford College. It is a co-production of MPT and the Maryland Higher Education Commission, with funding provided by the U.S. Department of Education. Additional support comes from the Eastern Shore Higher Education Center located at Chesapeake College.