College Goal Sunday event offers free assistance in applying for financial aid

CHARLESTON, WV – West Virginia students can get free help completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and other financial aid forms during West Virginia’s fifth annual College Goal Sunday event. College Goal Sunday financial aid workshops will be held February 9 from 1 to 4 p.m. at 25 locations across the state.

“Completing the FAFSA is a crucial step in finding financial aid for college,” Brian Weingart, Senior Director of Financial Aid at the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission, said. “Students must submit this form in order to be considered for a variety of financial aid programs, including state and federal grants, scholarships and loans.”

Anyone who is planning to pursue or continue some form of education and training beyond high school within the next year should complete the FAFSA. College Goal Sunday workshops are open to students of any age or income-level.

The College Foundation of West Virginia (CFWV) coordinates the event. Students can pre-register, find locations, and view a list of items to bring by visiting, the state’s free college- and career-planning web portal.

Students and families should bring a driver’s license, both the student’s and parent’s Social Security number, 2013 tax records (or 2012 records if 2013 forms are not yet available), 2013 untaxed income records, and information about investments and bank account balances.

All information that is provided will be submitted through the federal government’s secure FAFSA network. Volunteers at College Goal Sunday sites are professionals who will keep students’ and families’ financial information and personal details private.

CFWV is coordinated by the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission and supported by the West Virginia Council for Community and Technical College Education, the West Virginia Department of Education, and the West Virginia Department of Education and the Arts.

College Goal Sunday is made possible through the volunteer efforts and resources of public and non-profit organizations and businesses across the state, including the West Virginia Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators and college access organizations such as TRiO and GEAR UP. Additional funding is provided by a grant from USA Funds, a nonprofit corporation that helps students prepare for, access, and achieve success in postsecondary education.

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