College Goal Sunday, which provides free help to families applying for college financial aid, will take place at 2 p.m. Jan. 25 at 21 sites in 18 communities across the state. Each site will hold a drawing for a scholarship that can be used at any Kentucky school.
The sites include the Hawkins Athletic Complex at Campbellsville University and Room 3030 of the Occupational Technical Building at Elizabethtown Community and Technical College.
Financial aid professionals from Kentucky will help students and families complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. The FAFSA form must be submitted by students to receive federal and state student aid.
“Submitting the FAFSA can help students qualify for thousands of dollars in financial aid and is the ticket to a college education,” said KASFAA president Jennifer Cosens, president of the Kentucky Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators. “It enables students to receive a variety of grants and loans that would otherwise be out of reach. The financial aid experts at College Goal Sunday can open the door of opportunity for Kentucky students.”
In Kentucky, grant and scholarship programs help some 93,000 students every year. Students who file the FAFSA before March 15 have the best chance of receiving these funds.
Students are encouraged to attend College Goal Sunday with a parent or guardian. They should bring their and their parents’ completed 2008 IRS 1040 tax return and any other 2008 income and benefits information. If families haven’t completed their taxes, financial aid professionals will be able to help fill out the rest of the FAFSA and give instructions for the financial portion. Everything else — pens, pencils and FAFSA worksheets — will be provided.
The program begins promptly at 2 p.m., and most sites close at 4 p.m.
College Goal Sunday is sponsored by the Kentucky Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators. It is funded by the Lumina Foundation for Education, The Student Loan People and the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority
For more information call toll-free, (888) 452-7322. A complete list of the sites at www.kasfaa.com.