Local families receive aid

RBC I Families will have the opportunity to attend College Goal Sunday to receive free assistance on how to pay for college on Saturday, Feb. 11.
College Goal Sunday will be held in Craig at Colorado Northwestern Community College on Feb. 11 from 1:30-3:30 p.m. Families will receive free professional guidance on ways to pay for college, specifically how to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which is a crucial step in the college planning process.
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. Students are encouraged to submit their FAFSAs close to the first of the year to receive as much financial aid as possible.
“In a time where college is no longer a luxury but a necessity in the workplace, it is more vital than ever to provide families with the knowledge and resources to make higher education a reality,” said Dawn Taylor Owens, executive director of College In Colorado, an initiative of the Department of Higher Education. “For many families the greatest hurdle is how to pay for college. College Goal Sunday provides an incredible platform for families to receive free direction on ways to make college affordable.”
College Goal Sunday will take place at 16 other locations across the state. Spanish translation will be available to families and more than $20,000 in scholarships will be given away during the day.
Families are encouraged to bring their 2011 federal tax records to ensure they can work through the FAFSA during the time they have with financial aid experts. More information on College Goal Sunday can be found at www.collegegoalcolorado.org.
For local College Goal Sunday information, contact Tresa England at tresa.england@cncc.edu.
The partners of College Goal Sunday include Colorado Association of Financial Aid Administrators (CAFAA), CAFAA – Past Presidents, College In Colorado, Colorado Department of Higher Education, LUMINA Foundation for Education, University of Denver, and Regis University.

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