College Goal Georgia helps students get cash for college
(Jan. 31, 2013) The University of North Georgia will be holding free events to help parents and students fill out the forms required to apply for federal financial aid on Feb. 24 and March 1.
Financial aid experts will be available to help college-bound students and their families complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at this year’s College Goal Georgia event to be held at two UNG campuses. Filling out the FAFSA is the first critical step in applying for federal and state grants, loans, and scholarships to help pay for college.
College Goal Georgia, part of the national College Goal SundaySM initiative, is sponsored by the Georgia Student Finance Commission (GSFC). It is a free event where volunteers help students and families who need assistance in completing the financial aid forms, with a particular focus on helping low-income, first-generation families. The federal government requires a FAFSA from all students seeking financial aid to attend and pay for college.
“GSFC and College Goal Georgia want to ensure finances and completing the FAFSA are not barriers to attending college for anyone, especially students from under-represented communities,” said Angie Newell, College Goal Georgia’s statewide coordinator.
Each year, financial aid professionals at UNG's College Goal Georgia event help hundreds of students apply for financial aid. This year, participants can also enter to win a $1,000 scholarship to help pay for college.
The events for UNG will be held:
- Sunday, Feb. 24 – Dahlonega campus, 2:30-4:30 p.m. at the Library Technology Center. For more information contact Kathy Tosh at email@example.com.
- Friday, March 1 – Gainesville campus, 4:00-7:00 p.m. at the J. Foster Watkins Academic Building in the ACTT Center. For more information, contact Julie Lord at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The College Goal Sunday program was created by the Indiana Student Financial Aid Association with funding from Lilly Endowment, Inc., and with supplemental support from Lumina Foundation for Education. Currently, College Goal Sunday events are being held in 40 states and the District of Columbia, and are funded in part by USA Funds.
GSFC helps students achieve their educational goals by administering financial aid programs and advocating for Georgia students and other state institutions on issues related to financing higher education. GSFC administers the HOPE Scholarship and Grant programs as well as other state-and lottery-funded scholarship, grant and service-cancelable loan programs.