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College Goal Sunday

Written by AKaya McElveen

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Willimantic, Conn. - Eastern Connecticut State University has been chosen as one of 14 sites to host College Goal Sunday from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Jan. 26, 2014. Students and their parents will receive one-on-one expert advice in learning about financial aid and planning for college. The event takes place in Webb 410, on Eastern's Willimantic campus.
 
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.
   
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 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 CT Association of Professional Financial Aid Administrators (CAPFAA) and the CT Association for Educational Opportunity Programs (CAEOP).  
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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