Get help applying for college aid in Alamosa on Feb. 7

(01-28-2009)

Lt. Gov. says College Goal Sunday to help families finance college

Students and parents will be offered free professional help as they take an important first step to getting college financial aid. College Goal Sunday will be held from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 7, at Adams State College in the Student Union Building.

It's all part of the third annual College Goal Sunday, a national program that helps families complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA must be completed for a student to receive any type of financial aid, including grants, work study, student loans and even many scholarships.

"Even in the best of times, paying for college can be a daunting challenge," said Colorado Lt. Gov. Barbara O'Brien. "In these tough economic times, it may be doubly so. But there's financial aid available and College Goal Sunday can help families access it."

CollegeInvest, a not-for-profit division of the Colorado Department of Higher Education, has contributed $15,000 in scholarships to College Goal Sunday. One student will win $1,000 at the Adams State location.

"This is a great resource to get free FAFSA help from the experts," said Debra DeMuth, director of CollegeInvest. "Because College Goal Sunday will take place in 15 locations across Colorado, families from every corner of the state can take advantage of the program."

More information on College Goal Sunday can be found at collegegoalcolorado.org.

The partners of College Goal Sunday include ASAP/Union Bank & Trust, Colorado Association of Financial Aid Administrators (CAFAA), CAFAA - Past Presidents, Colorado Educational Services & Development Association, Inc. (CESDA), Citibank, College Assist, College In Colorado, CollegeInvest, Credit Union of Colorado, Dilley Printing, Fredric Printing, Jenson Advertising, Key Education Resources, LUMINA Foundation for Education, National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators, National Endowment for Financial Education, Nelnet, Regis University, Sallie Mae, TCF National Bank and U.S. Bank.

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