College Goal Sunday Washington Helps Families Find Cash for College
VANCOUVER, Wash. – Washington State University Vancouver will host College Goal Sunday Washington at 1 p.m. Jan. 20 in the Firstenburg Student Commons.
College Goal Sunday Washington is a free program that helps students and families complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, the form required to apply for federal financial assistance for higher education.
WSU Vancouver's College Goal Sunday Washington is the largest in the state and the only event to offer workshops and help filing the FAFSA in four languages—ASL, English, Russian and Spanish.
The event is free and open to all families no matter where the student intends to go to school. Whether students choose a four-year college, community college, vocational or technical school, College Goal Sunday Washington can help them get money. The FAFSA is considered the gateway to accessing financial aid resources, such as federal and state grants, school loans and scholarships.
Because household financial information is a key part of completing the form, students and parents are encouraged to attend this event together. Independent students (typically defined as age 24 or older, however other criteria besides age can also make a student independent) will not require a parent’s income information. Besides financial records (recent tax forms and/or pay stubs), students need to bring their social security number and driver’s license (if any). Even if families do not have all of their paperwork together, they are encouraged to attend the event to get the process started.
Financial aid experts fluent in ASL, English, Russian and Spanish will be on hand to provide each family as little or as much assistance as they need. Following the step-by-step instructions to complete the FAFSA takes approximately one hour.
In addition to computer labs for completing the FAFSA, College Goal Sunday Washington will offer a welcome presentation featuring four financial aid success stories, and three workshops presented in all four languages: “Getting to College & Succeeding,” “Financial Aid 101” and “Scholarships.” Refreshments and prizes will lighten the day.
College Goal Sunday Washington at WSU Vancouver is produced in cooperation with Clark College. Clark College and WSU Vancouver, among others, will have information available at College Goal Sunday Washington. For more information, visit http://studentaffairs.vancouver.wsu.edu/college-goal-sunday.
Originally held the Sunday after the Super Bowl, the annual College Goal Sunday Washington series of events take place throughout January and February at multiple locations across the state. Nationally, College Goal Sunday events are scheduled in 40 states, plus the District of Columbia. College Goal Sunday is managed by the YMCA of the USA.
WSU Vancouver is located at 14204 N.E. Salmon Creek Ave. east of the 134th Street exit from either I-5 or I-205. Parking is free on the weekends.
April Lappin, Financial aid and Scholarship Manager, 360-546-9103 firstname.lastname@example.org
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