College Goal Sunday in Ohio

Staff Writer
Columbus Parent

There are billions of dollars available; but filling out the FAFSA is the only way students get grant money from federal and state government to pay for higher education.

College Goal Sunday was designed to ease the intimidation often felt by students and families about the FAFSA process. During these sessions, volunteers provide free financial aid expertise to families who are overwhelmed with the rising costs of higher education.

Guidance counselors and financial aid administrators are available to guide parents through the form, fill in tax and income information and navigate tricky situations. Last year more than 4,400 Ohioans took advantage of College Goal Sunday."The number of people who came out for College Goal Sunday was the highest ever and really shows the need for assistance in getting money for college," said MorraLee Holzapfel, director of outreach and member services.

"The numbers prove that more people need help in the economic state that we are in and it is great that College Goal Sunday can help families across Ohio get the financial aid help they need to go to college."

In support of College Goal Sunday's efforts to help give every Ohio high school graduate an equal opportunity to go to college, Governor Ted Strickland has declared February 2010 Financial Aid Awareness Month. College Goal Sunday is sponsored by the Ohio Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (OASFAA), an organization that works to ensure access to higher education through the promotion of financial aid awareness.

This program is made possible through investments from the Lumina Foundation for Education, the Ohio College Access Network (OCAN), and Great Lakes Higher Education Guaranty Corp. For more information, visit