Tuesday, January 20, 2015

College Goal Sunday event offers insights to complete FAFSA forms for college financial aid


Area prospective college students can receive assistance in completing FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) forms at 2 p.m. on Feb. 8 at Ohio University-Chillicothe in the Advising Center on the second floor of Bennett Hall. The free event is part of “College Goal Sunday,” a statewide effort sponsored by the Ohio Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (OASFAA). This is the third annual time that OU-C has served as a host site for the event.

The FAFSA is the federal application that is required to receive federal financial aid including the Federal Pell Grant and student loans as well as the need-based state grants. The FAFSA is often the key to funding a college education and helping families overcome financial barriers that otherwise prevent students from attending the institution of their choice.

Families are encouraged to register for the free event at www.ohiocollegegoalsunday.org or by calling 1-800-233-6734. While walk-ins are welcome, registration is encouraged. The OU-C contact is Ashlee Digges, (740) 774-7229 or digges@ohio.edu. Volunteers are also needed to assist with the event and can either use the web site or contact Digges to participate.

Students and parents should bring their tax returns, if completed, and W-2 forms.

“College Goal Sunday is an opportunity for high school seniors, individuals returning to school, and other prospective students to come and receive assistance while completing the FAFSA,” OU-C Director of Student Services John Fisher said.

“Completing the FAFSA can be an overwhelming process for many people and College Goal Sunday gives prospective students and their families a chance to submit their FAFSA in a supportive, helpful environment,” Fisher said. “This event underscores OU-C’s mission of serving as a gateway to a college education and the opportunities it offers for area residents. No matter where individuals from this region pursue their college career, we hope they feel comfortable contacting OU-C for insights about the admissions process.”

The idea behind College Goal Sunday is to get students motivated to complete their FAFSA prior to the scholarship deadlines that most schools set for the upcoming fall term because a requirement for most scholarship applications is that the student has a completed FAFSA on file.

“This event offers an opportunity to get professional help completing your FAFSA so you feel assured that it is done correctly,” Fisher said. “It is held at OU-C which is convenient for most students in Ross County and accessible for students in Pike, Vinton and Pickaway counties where there is no College Goal Sunday site,” Fisher said.

OASFAA is a non-profit, professional organization for individuals actively engaged in the administration of financial aid within the State of Ohio for higher education. As an educational organization, OASFAA strives to offer resources to students, families and high school advisors to promote higher education and increase awareness of financial aid opportunities.

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