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College Goal Sunday

Thumbnail image for Financial Aid Staff.jpgOn Jan. 29, from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m., students and their parents will receive one-on-one expert advice in learning about financial aid and planning for college during College Goal Sunday at Eastern. The event takes place in Room 410 of Webb Hall.

Eastern is one of 12 locations around the state participating in the annual event. Students and their families will be able to talk with financial aid counselors and college staff in person to become familiar with college entrance requirements; learn about planning for college; and obtain on-site assistance in filling out financial aid applications. In addition, valuable information will be shared about the benefits of attending college, student support services, and areas of study and degree programs. Spanish language interpreters will be available.

For students who are the first ones in their families to attend college, the process of applying for college can seem complicated, especially finding financial resources and applying for financial aid. Participating in College Goal Sunday gives students and their families a jump start on the pathway to college by learning about preparing for college and financial aid in a welcoming setting.  Participants can get assistance in completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online. Most grants and scholarships require a completed FAFSA form, which does not obligate applicants to attend college, but is required for most sources of financial aid.

College Goal Sunday is funded and sponsored by Lumina Foundation for Education, the Connecticut Association of Professional Financial Aid Administrators (CAPFAA), the Connecticut Association of Educational Opportunity Programs (CAEOP), and the YMCAs of Connecticut.

For more information, contact Neville Brown at brownn@easternct.edu or (860) 465-4428.  For a list of all participating institutions and to find out what to bring to the event, visit www.collegegoalsundayct.org.

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