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College Goal Sunday

Written by Christopher J. Herman

college sunday patrick Kelly.jpgEastern Conn. - On Jan. 27, 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 Connecticut State University. The event takes place in Room 410 of Webb Hall.        

Eastern is one of 15 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 to receiving assistance with their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), participants will receive general information about state and federal financial aid programs. Spanish language interpreters will be available.   

college sundaymariasi and RI family.jpgFor 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 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 the 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 or (860) 465-4428.  For a list of all participating institutions and to find out what to bring to the event, visit

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