CNCC hosting 3rd annual College Goal Sunday in Craig

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If you go

What: College Goal Sunday

When: 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday

Where: Colorado Northwestern Community College’s Bell Tower Building, 50 College Dr., in Craig

— The free event provides students and families one-on-one assistance with the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, a necessary component when seeking financial aid for higher education. For more, visit www.collegegoalco...

What to bring

• Social security number

• Driver’s license

• 2010 W-2 forms and other records of money earned

• 2010 bank statements

• 2010 records of untaxed income such as Social Security benefits, Temporary Assistance to Needy Families, welfare or veterans’ benefits, if applicable

• 2010 business and investment mortgage information, business and farm records, stock, bond and other investment records, if applicable

• Alien registration card, if applicable

Katie Powell knows a thing or two about financial aid for college students.

Powell is a financial education program manager for CollegeInvest, a division of the Colorado Department of Higher Education.

Yet, even she acknowledges the difficulty students and family members face when paying for school.

“Financial aid tends to be quite complex,” Powell said.

For that reason, schools around the country are hosting the third annual College Goal Sunday, an event that offers free assistance to anyone seeking financial aid for higher education.

College Goal Sunday will be hosted from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at Colorado Northwestern Community College’s Bell Tower Building, 50 College Dr., in Craig.

Powell said several financial aid professionals will be at CNCC to help people navigate the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA.

FAFSA compiles personal financial information to help determine whether students are eligible for financial aid.

But, that’s not all, Powell said.

FASFA is an important step for nearly everyone who plans to attend college — even families whose income exceeds the requirements for traditional financial aid.

For example, income has no bearing on eligibility for federal student loans, Powell said. And, FAFSA is a required step when applying for those loans.

FAFSA is also required for grants, federal work-study and many scholarships.

Powell said FAFSA is available year-round to anyone online, but College Goal Sunday is still worthwhile.

“Families and students can be intimidated by the process and the form,” Powell said. “So, the event allows students and families to come in and get one-on-one help with financial aid professionals so they have more confidence in what they’re submitting and can ask questions.”

To complete FAFSA, applicants need their social security number, driver’s license, 2010 W-2 forms and 2010 bank statements.

Applicants must also bring 2010 records of untaxed income such as Social Security benefits, Temporary Assistance to Needy Families, welfare or veterans’ benefits; 2010 business and investment mortgage information; business and farm records, stock, bond and other investment records; and an alien registration card, if applicable.

For more information on College Goal Sunday, visit www.collegegoalcolorado.org.

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