Whitesburg KY

Free help to 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 25, at 20 sites across the state, including Hazard Community and Technical College, grill of First Federal Center, 1 Community College Drive, Hazard.

The program begins at 2 p.m., and most sites close at 4 p.m. Each site will hold a drawing for 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 Student Loan People and the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority (KHEAA).

In Kentucky, grant and scholarship programs help some 93,000 students every year. Students who file the FAFSA before March 15 have the best chance of receiving these funds.

Students are encouraged to attend College Goal Sunday with a parent or guardian. They should bring their and their parents’ completed 2008 IRS 1040 tax return and any other 2008 income and benefits information. If families haven’t completed their taxes, financial aid professionals will be able to help fill out the rest of the FAFSA and give instructions for the financial portion. Everything else — pens, pencils and FAFSA worksheets — will be provided.

For more information, call toll-free, 1-888-4-KASFAA (1- 888-452-7322).

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