The Fairmont State University Gaston Caperton Center in Clarksburg will be one of 18 locations throughout the state to host the second annual College Goal SundaySM event on Sunday, Feb. 13, presented by the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission. Students and parents can receive assistance completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) during the free workshops.
Supported by the Fairmont State GEAR UP Partnership, the event will take place from 1 to 5 p.m. Feb. 13 at the Caperton Center, 501 West Main Street, Clarksburg. A full list of site locations, times, items families should bring, and other details is available through the College Foundation of West Virginia (CFWV), the state’s college access web portal, located at www.cfwv.com.
Dr. Adam Green, Director of Student Success and P-20 Initiatives, said, “We are extremely pleased to offer this opportunity for our students and families to receive personalized, one-on-one support in navigating the financial aid application process.”
Financial aid experts will be on hand to help students and families complete and submit the FAFSA and explore additional financial aid resources that may be available.
Online pre-registration is recommended, but not required for participation in this free workshop. Anyone planning to attend college next fall can participate, including graduating high school seniors, returning college students, or adult students interested in returning to school to earn a degree or certificate. Students, or potential students, who participate in the workshop will be entered in a drawing to win one of 18 Apple iPads being given away across the state. Many sites will also offer free income tax preparation services through a partnership with the West Virginia Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program.
Students and families should bring a driver’s license, both the student’s and parent’s Social Security number, 2010 tax records (or 2009 records if 2010 forms are not yet available), 2010 untaxed income records, and information about investments and bank account balances. All information that is provided will be submitted through the federal government’s secure FAFSA network. Volunteers at College Goal Sunday sites will keep students’ and families’ financial and other information private.
College Goal SundaySM was created by the Indiana Student Financial Aid Association with funding from Lilly Endowment, Inc., and with supplemental support from Lumina Foundation for Education. College Goal SundaySM West Virginia is coordinated by the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission in partnership with the West Virginia Association of Financial Aid Administrators, the YMCA, college access organizations such as TRiO and GEAR UP, and the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources Bureau for Children and Families.