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College Goal Sunday Provides Free Help to Kentucky Students Filing for Financial Aid

College Goal Sunday, which provides free help to families applying for college financial aid, will take place at 2 p.m., Sunday, January 29, at 22 sites across the state. For south central Kentucky, the program will take place on the campus of Somerset Community College in the Harold Rogers Student Commons, located at 808 Monticello Street. The program begins promptly at 2 p.m., and most sites close at 4 p.m. All attendees will be eligible to enter into a drawing for a chance to win a scholarship that can be used at any Kentucky school.

At College Goal Sunday, financial aid professionals from Kentucky will help students and families complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA is the form students must submit to receive federal and state student aid.

College Goal Sunday is sponsored by the Kentucky Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (KASFAA). It is funded by the Lumina Foundation for Education, the YMCA and KnowHow2GoKY.org.

This is a premier event that provides Kentuckians with both informational and financial resources to reach their postsecondary educational goals, said KASFAA President Aaron Gabehart. With the assistance of the financial aid experts at College Goal Sunday a student can submit the FAFSA in timely manner enabling them to qualify for thousands of dollars in financial aid, as well as a variety of grants and loans.

In Kentucky, grant and scholarship programs help thousands of students every year. Students who file the FAFSA before early February have the best chance of receiving these funds.

What to bring
Students are encouraged to attend College Goal Sunday with a parent or guardian. They should bring their and their parents completed 2011 IRS 1040 tax return and any other 2011 income and benefits information. If families haven't completed their
taxes, we encourage families to bring their 2010 IRS 1040 tax forms and last paycheck stubs from 2011 so financial aid professional will be able to show the families how to use estimated information and then give instructions of how to go back and update their information. Everything else pens, pencils and FAFSA worksheets will be provided.

Demand continues to rise
According to KHEAA, participation in state aid programs has more than quadrupled since the 1990s. In the 20102011 academic year, KHEAA disbursed $195.6 million in higher education grants and scholarships to nearly 100,400 students. For more information about College Goal Sunday, call tollfree, 18884KASFAA (18884527322).