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College Goal Sundays Set to Help Local Students File for Financial Aid

Friday January 15, 2010

Mayor Abramson encourages students to get involved

Area residents attending college or trade school in 2010 are being encouraged to attend one of a number of College Goal SundaySM events designed to help college bound students and their parents or guardians fill out the necessary forms to receive student loans, grants and some scholarships.

Area College Goal Sunday events are scheduled for five Kentucky sites on January 31st (see full event schedule below). The events are being presented by the Kentucky Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (KASFAA), who also provides free information and assistance to families filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Southern Indiana residents are welcome to attend the Kentucky sites.

In the Louisville area, the events are supported additionally by Wired65, HIRE Education Forum, Greater Louisville Inc., Louisville Metro Government, Kentucky College Access Network, Kentuckiana College Access Center and KnowHow2GoKY. The program is nationally sponsored by the Lumina Foundation for Education and the YMCA.

“One of the biggest obstacles for seniors wanting to go to college is finding the necessary funding,” said Louisville Mayor Jerry Abramson. “College Goal Sundays are a very accessible and effective way to put available cash and potential college students together and that helps us grow a more educated workforce.”

In its 21st year, College Goal Sunday has helped hundreds of thousands of students and families complete the complicated FAFSA forms properly and on time. It has also been cited as a valuable resource for first-generation college students and at-risk youth.

In the 2007-2008 academic year, Kentucky awarded nearly $195 million in higher education grants and scholarships to more than 123,000 students.

For students seeking undergraduate admission to a college or technical school in 2010, it is important to file for FAFSA – the form required by educational institutions nationwide – so that it is received by the federal processor by their home state’s priority deadline. Kentucky’s priority deadline is March 15, 2010. Filing correctly and on time gives students an improved chance of receiving federal and state grants, loans and scholarships, as well as other financial aid.

All College Goal Sunday 2010 events are at 2 p.m.:

Kentucky: Sunday, January 31, 2010

Louisville:

Jefferson Community & Technical College

Downtown Campus, VTI Building, 110 West Chestnut Street

Southwest Campus, Administration Building Auditorium 1000 Community

College Drive

Male High School, Gheens Center, 4409 Preston Highway

Elizabethtown:

Elizabethtown Community & Technical College

Room 303, Occupational Technical Building, 600 College Street Road

Campbellsville:

Campbellsville University

Hawkins Athletic Complex: 1 University Drive

At the event, financial aid professionals from Kentucky colleges and universities walk through the FAFSA forms line-by-line and answer families’ individual questions. This year, all sites offer FAFSA on-line capabilities and many have Spanish interpreters. For more information, visit www.CollegeGoalSundayUSA.org.

College Goal Sunday answers families’ financial aid questions

Students should attend College Goal Sunday with their parent(s) or guardian(s) and bring their parents’ or guardians’ completed 2009 IRS 1040 tax returns, W-2 Forms and other 2009 income and benefits information. If students worked last year, they should also bring their income information. Students 24 years of age or older may attend alone and bring their own completed 2009 IRS 1040 tax return, W-2 Form or other 2009 income and benefits information. Pens and FAFSA forms will be provided, but students are encouraged to bring their own FAFSA forms and their U.S. Department of Education Personal Identification Numbers (PIN) if filing online. Parents will also need to obtain PINs to file online. To obtain a PIN, go to www.pin.ed.gov.

Attendees may win educational prizes

Students attending any area College Goal Sunday will qualify for a chance to win an educational prize to help with their higher education expenses. To enter the drawing, students must attend College Goal Sunday and submit a completed evaluation form.

Program is a national model

College Goal Sunday began in Indiana and now takes place in more than 25 other states.

For more information about College Goal Sunday, call 1-888-452-7322 or visit www.CollegeGoalSundayUSA.org.