Event at Western Designed to Help Families Navigate Paying for College

GUNNISON, Colo. –Western State Colorado University is partnering with universities across the state to take part in an event called College Goal Sunday, which is designed to provide Colorado families assistance in the financial-aid process.

The seventh annual national event will be held at 16 locations statewide from 1 to 3 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013. The objective of College Goal Sunday is to provide Colorado families assistance in the financial-aid process. Families will receive free professional guidance on ways to pay for college, specifically how to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which is a crucial step in the college planning process.

The FAFSA must be completed for a student to receive any type of federal financial aid, including grants, work study, student loans and even many scholarships. Students are encouraged to submit their FAFSA as soon as possible after the first of the year to maximize their chances of receiving aid, because some funding is limited.

Families are encouraged to bring their 2012 federal tax records, to ensure they can work through the FAFSA during the time they have with financial aid experts. Spanish translators will also be available at each of the College Goal Sunday sites. In addition to free financial-aid assistance,more than $20,000 in scholarships will be given away through the College Goal Sunday program. Go to www.collegegoalcolorado.orgfor more information and ways to prepare for College Goal Sunday.

The Western event is in Taylor Hall, rooms 201 and 205,  on Sunday, Feb. 10, from 1 to 3.

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Friday, February 1, 2013 - 11:15am