2009-01-24 / Schools

College Goal Sunday: Free help with financial aid offered

NEWARK - College Goal Sunday is a free program offering college-bound students and families the opportunity to have expert help completing and submitting the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Hosted by the Ohio Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (OASFAA), this one-day free event will be held statewide on Sunday, February 8, 2009, at 2:00 p.m. A session will be held at The John Gilbert Reese Center, located on the campus of The Ohio State University at Newark and Central Ohio Technical College.

During College Goal Sunday, financial aid professionals from Ohio colleges and universities will be available at sites throughout Ohio. These experts will walk students and parents through completion of the FAFSA online, although paper copies will also be available. Students must complete the FAFSA to qualify for federal and state grants, loans, and other forms of financial assistance including certain scholarships.

Participants will need to bring parents' and students' 2008 IRS 1040 tax returns and W2's along with other 2008 income and benefits information. While anyone is welcome, high school seniors and current college students will receive the most benefit from this workshop.

Families are encouraged to register for College Goal Sunday at www.ohiocollegegoalsunday. org. Registration will close Friday, February 6, 2009. Walk-ins the day of the event are welcome, but due to the great demand for assistance in completing the FASFA, registration is encouraged.

For more information, logon to www.ohiocollegegoalsunday. org or call 740.366.9223.

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