2015 College Goal Sunday Helps Students, Families File for Financial Aid

Contact: Martin Ackley, Director of Public and Governmental Affairs (517) 241-4395
Agency: Education

January 26, 2015 

LANSING – College-bound students and their families can find help in February tackling the Free Application for Federal Student Aid or FAFSA from hundreds of 2015 MI College Goal volunteers at 30 sites across Michigan.

"Appling for financial aid can be a daunting task for many students and their families,” State Superintendent Mike Flanagan said.  “MI College Goal events have experts who can guide families through the complex applications and help get the most benefits for students wanting to go to college.”

Most sites host their event Sunday, February 8, 2015, from 2-4 p.m.  However, some events are on other dates and times.  Please check www.micollegegoal.org to find the nearest site and its event schedule.

MI College Goal is a partnership of the Michigan Department of Education; Michigan Guaranty Agency; Michigan Student Financial Aid Association; and EduGuide.

The program was created to increase the number of Michigan students who continue education beyond high school and earn post-secondary degrees.

The FAFSA is required of any student seeking financial aid including grants, loans, and many scholarships.  Last year, more than 950 students received help at MI College Goal events.

"It is critical that high school seniors and their parents are aware of these MI College Goal events," said Bryan Taylor, President of EduGuide. "Students must complete and file a FAFSA in order to secure financial aid and should file by the March 1st priority date to ensure eligibility for federal and state programs.

“If you are graduating from high school in 2015, or you're already in college, you need to submit the FAFSA.”

Statistics show that students who submit FAFSA forms are more likely to go on to college.

During MI College Goal, financial aid experts will be available, at no charge, to guide students and their parents through each step of completing and filing the FAFSA. 

Students under 23 years of age are encouraged to attend with a parent or guardian. Parents and students should bring their completed 2014 Federal tax return (1040) if possible, or their W-2 and 1099 forms.

For a complete list of 2015 MI College Goal events, visit www.micollegegoal.org.  



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