College Goal Sunday Offers FAFSA Help

Often, financial aid can make the difference between someone earning a college education and dreaming of a college education. Students who believed they could never afford college tuition are finding financial assistance through grants, loans and scholarships that they never knew existed. The first step to obtaining financial aid is completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Students and their families can receive free help during the national College Goal Sunday event on February 9, from 2-4 p.m. at Northwest State Community College. The event is open to all students, regardless of where they plan to attend college.

The FAFSA is the federal application that is required to receive financial aid, including the Federal Pell Grant student loans and need-based state grants, and it is applicable to all colleges and universities. Many colleges and universities require a completed FAFSA to be eligible for private scholarships as well. Students who plan to enroll for the summer 2014, fall 2014 and/or spring 2015 semester(s) should complete the FAFSA as soon as possible, as some aid is awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.

“The FAFSA can be confusing, and the College Goal Sunday event is great, because we can walk people through the forms,” said Carling Belknap, financial aid counselor at NSCC. “Anyone is welcome, even if they plan on attending a college or university other than Northwest State. College Goal Sunday is about helping make a college education more affordable, no matter where that education is earned.”

Walk-ins are welcome, but students are encouraged to register for the event at www.ohiocollegegoalsunday.org, or by calling 1.800.233.6734. Students (and parents where applicable) should bring the following documents for the FAFSA:  2013 IRS 1040 tax returns and W2s, social security card, driver’s license and any other benefit and income information.  If parents and/or students have not completed 2013 tax forms, income can be estimated.

College Goal Sunday will take place in room A225 on the east end of campus at Northwest State Community College.  A map of the College can be found at NorthweStstate.edu.  Every student who completes the FAFSA during College Goal Sunday will be entered into a drawing to win one of several Barnes and Noble gift cards.

The free event is sponsored by the Ohio Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators and endorsed by the Ohio Board of Regents. The Ohio Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators is a non-profit, professional organization for individuals involved in the administration of higher education financial aid within the State of Ohio. As an educational organization, it strives to offer resources to students, families and high school advisors to promote higher education and increase awareness of financial aid opportunities.