Preparing for college: College Goal Sunday

Staff Writer
Columbus Parent

In Ohio, the state-wide college financial aid event, College Goal Sunday (CGS) will be held on February 8, 2009 at 2 p.m.

The free event, held at 40 locations throughout Ohio, is hosted by the Ohio Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (OASFAA) and endorsed by the Ohio Board of Regents, assists students and parents with completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA is the federal application required to receive federal financial aid including the Federal Pell Grant and student loans.

Families are encouraged to register starting in November for the free event at due to the great demand for assistance in completing the FAFSA. The FAFSA is the key to funding a college education and helping families to overcome financial barriers that otherwise prevent students from attending the institution they want to. Studies show that a student is 50 percent more likely to attend college when they complete the FAFSA. While walk-ins are welcome, registration is encouraged. Record numbers are expected to be in attendance.

OASFAA is a non-profit, professional organization for individuals actively engaged in the administration of financial aid within the state of Ohio for higher education. As an educational organization, OASFAA strives to offer resources to students, families and high school advisors to promote higher education and increase awareness of financial aid opportunities.


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