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College Goal Sunday gives students free help with financial aid forms
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College Goal Sunday, a one-day free event to help students and their parents fill out college financial aid forms, is set from 2 to 4 p.m. Feb. 13 at Great Bend High School, 2027 Morton. The event provides professional, one-on-one help filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid.

Students in this area and their parents may contact Myrna Perkins, Barton Community College Assistant Dean of Student Services and Director of Financial Aid, 620-792-9201, for additional information. They can expect to spend from 45 minutes to an hour at the event.

College Goal Sunday is open to all high school students who wish to attend college but do not know how they will finance their studies. Each student who attends the event will be eligible to win a $500 scholarship. This year, College Goal Sunday will distribute four scholarships at each College Goal Sunday location. Scholarship winners must be first-semester freshmen in the fall of 2011.

To facilitate completion of financial aid applications, students and their parents (or guardians) should bring their 2010 tax returns and/or 2010 W-2 forms or their 2010 year-end pay stubs and 2009 tax returns. Students may attend even without their parents or tax information. Families who have not completed their 2010 income tax forms can learn valuable information to help them finish filling out the FAFSA at home.

College Goal Sunday makes applying for financial aid easier, easing the journey of many high school students hoping to attend college. The College Goal Sunday program was created by the Indiana Student Financial Aid Association with funding from Lilly Endowment Inc. with supplemental support from Lumina Foundation for Education.

In Kansas, College Goal Sunday is a nonprofit event coordinated by the Kansas Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (KASFAA) and other interested and dedicated volunteers. This annual event is sponsored by USA Funds and Lumina Foundation for Education.

Students and their parents may visit www.CollegeGoal.org for additional information about this event.