College Goal Sunday

February 18, 2007, 2:00 pm 
Do you need help completing your FAFSA?
Let us help at College Goal Sunday!
What is College Goal Sunday?
A one-day event to help students and families complete The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
Why should I attend?
If you are even thinking about education beyond high school, you will most likely need financial help. College Goal Sunday is the perfect place to get the help you will need to complete your FAFSA.
What should I do to prepare?
If you have Internet access, log on to www.pin.ed.gov and complete an application for a personal identification number. This number will be e-mailed back to you and will be helpful in filing the FAFSA.
What should I bring?
1. Your 2006 tax information (or your last paycheck stub from 2006).
2. Your parent or guardian(s) tax information.
3. Your PIN number.
The Arkansas Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators and the Arkansas Department of Higher Education have announced the approval of a three-year grant from the Lumina Foundation for Education. The grant, totaling $150,000, will fund the implementation of the College Goal SundaySM program in Arkansas. 
The College Goal Sunday program is designed to assist prospective college students and their parents in completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Financial aid administrators offer this service at no charge. 
College Goal SundaySM was created by the Indiana Student Financial Aid Association with funding from Lilly Endowment Inc. and supplemental support from the Lumina Foundation for Education. 
Arkansas’ first College Goal Sunday will take place on Feb. 18, 2007, at 29 sites throughout the state, including the University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton. In addition to receiving assistance in filling out the FAFSA, participants will receive general information regarding state and federal financial aid programs. “The Arkansas College Goal Sunday program is an effort by hundreds of volunteers from across Arkansas who will come together on a Sunday afternoon in February with the common goal of making sure that the process of applying for college financial aid does not become an obstacle that would keep any person from pursuing an education beyond high school,” according to Scott Medlin, statewide coordinator for Arkansas College Goal Sunday.
“By attending a College Goal Sunday event, participants will receive free hands on assistance in completing the FAFSA, and will walk away from the event with a completed financial aid application and the satisfaction of knowing they have tackled one of the biggest steps in getting ready to go to college. We just want folks to know that an education beyond high school is important, that financial aid is always available to help pay for their education, and that it’s definitely worth the effort to successfully complete the federal financial aid application,” Medlin added.
Approximately 40 states nationwide either host a College Goal Sunday event or are in preparation for implementation in 2008.  College Goal SundaySM will begin at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, February 18 in the UACCM Auditorium. A listing of the event sites in Arkansas and more information about College Goal Sunday, including what documents individuals need to bring to the event, can be found at www.arcollegegoalsunday.org.

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