College Goal Sunday Focuses on Financial Aid Resources
Glendale Community College and Paradise Valley Community College are two of 30 state sites focusing on financial aid resources at the annual College Goal Sunday, set for February 8, 2009.
To help students and their families overcome financial barriers to education, GCC will join 30 sites statewide hosting "College Goal Sunday" (CGS) from 2 to 4 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 8. This event provides free information and hands-on direction to the families of college-bound Arizona students who need help applying for financial aid. Financial-aid professionals will give line-by-line assistance to students completing the universally required Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form.
Students 23 or younger should be accompanied by their parents and bring their parents' 2008 income data (W-2 forms, or a pay stub, and/or 2008 tax return). Students 24 and older should bring their own 2008 income information.
Spanish interpreters will be available to assist. Participants will have access to computers if they choose to apply online immediately or practice following demonstrations.
One participant per site will have his or her name drawn and submitted for a statewide drawing to win a laptop or a scholarship. Winners will be notified by April 1, 2009.
GCC is located at 59th and Olive Avenues in Glendale; the event will be conducted in the Student Union Building (SU) on the south side of the campus. Visit www.gccaz.edu/map for a GCC campus map.
College Goal Sunday is sponsored by corporate sponsors and the Arizona Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators. For information, visit www.collegegoalsunday.com or call GCC site coordinator Anne Hatcher at 623.845.3373.
You can also find out about a wealth of scholarships and grants plus how to apply for them at free workshops from 1:30 to 4 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 8, Studio Theater, Building M, East Wing at Paradise Valley Community College. Known as College Goal Sunday, the event features financial aid specialists helping students identify potential scholarships, grants, loans and other sources of financial assistance. Also, students and parents will be helped step-by-step through the Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) application process, completing the forms online. Pre-registration begins at 1:30 p.m. followed at 2 p.m. by a welcoming address from Dr. Shirley Green, Interim Vice President of Student Affairs at PVCC.
"Don't assume that there isn't some assistance for you," said Ken Clarke, Interim Director of PVCC's Student Financial Assistance office. "Some scholarships are based on merit and achievement, not financial need. And, if your income has recently changed, we can help you address that in your applications."
Those interested in filling out the FAFSA form on Feb. 8, should bring the student's 2008 income data in the form of W-2's, pay stubs or a 2008 tax return. Students under 24 years of age must ALSO bring parent's income information. Find out more from Financial Aid at 602-787-7100 or www.paradisevalley.edu/finaid.