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College Goal free financial aid event Sunday

Feb. 5, 2008

KALAMAZOO--College-bound high school students and their families from around the area will be on the Western Michigan University campus Sunday, Feb. 10, to find out how to maximize their college financial aid opportunities.

College Goal Sunday, an event held from 2 to 4 p.m. in WMU's Fetzer Center, is one of 27 such events being held simultaneously at sites around the state to help high school seniors fill out their Free Application for Federal Student Financial Aid--FAFSA--and submit it in time to ensure eligibility for maximum benefit. The event is organized statewide by the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators, which includes college and university financial aid officers.

"This is really the first opportunity many students will have to sit down with someone who deals with financial aid on a daily basis," says Mark Delorey, director of financial aid and scholarships at WMU. "We're here to make sure they don't miss out on thousands of dollars in financial aid. With March 1 as the date students should get their FAFSA in, many students and their parents have questions about the form and how to fill it out. We're here to help any student that day--including those not sure they will attend college and students planning to attend other colleges."

During the event, students and their parents can:

Get free on-site professional assistance filling out the federal form

Talk to financial aid professionals about financial aid resources and how to apply

Get information regarding statewide student services, admission requirements and more.

Students attending should bring their personal information needed to fill out the form such as their FAFSA PIN or Personal Identification Number as well as their driver's license, parental income and tax information, and social security numbers. A complete list of items needed, along with additional details on the event can be found online at www.micollegegoal.org.

College Goal Sunday has begun in 2004 with the assistance of the Lumina Foundation for Education. Since its inception, more than 4,500 Michigan students have received free assistance in completing their federal financial aid forms. This year, more than 400 financial aid officers have volunteered to help students and families fill out the forms.

Media contact: Cheryl Roland, (269) 387-8400, cheryl.roland@wmich.edu

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