MI College Goal Helps Students, Families File for Financial Aid

Contact: Terry Stanton 517-335-2167

February 8, 2013

MI College Goal Helps Students, Families File for Financial Aid

Hundreds of volunteers will help college-bound Michigan students and their families complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid or FAFSA at more than 30, statewide MI College Goal events on Sunday, February 10, 2013.

MI College Goal is a collaborative partnership between the Michigan Student Financial Aid Association, EduGuide, and the Michigan Department of Treasury, with strong support from numerous agencies and organizations. The annual program is designed to increase the number of 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, thousands of students received assistance 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." Statistics show that students who complete and submit FAFSA forms are more likely to go on to college.

During MI College Goal events, financial aid experts will 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 2010 Federal tax return (1040) if possible, or their W-2 and 1099 forms.

More than 30 sites across Michigan will host MI College Goal on February 10th. For a complete list of locations and additional information, visit www.micollegegoal.org. Attendees can register to win a $1,000 scholarship, an iPad Mini, and other prizes.

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