Without claiming to be horticultural experts, to the best of our knowledge, money doesn’t grow on trees. However, there are plenty of other options for students looking to pay for college.
Butler Community College is hosting College Goal Sunday, a free, one-day event where high school seniors and their parents can receive professional, one-on-one help filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
“One of the first steps in going to college is to determine how to pay for it, and completing the FAFSA is the first step in that process. This year we have a total of 23 sites in Kansas so we can serve more students and families,” said Kathy Blau, College Goal Sunday Kansas Chairperson. “Attending College Goal Sunday is a great way to get free professional assistance with applying for federal financial aid. College Goal Sunday volunteers are eager to help students and their parents navigate what can sometimes be a confusing and frustrating process.”
Not only will families and students have an easier time applying for financial aid with the help offered through College Goal Sunday, four students will also win a $500 scholarship to the school of their choice (scholarship recipients must be first-semester freshman in the fall of 2011).
Before the event, you should register for a PIN (personal identification number), which is required for the electronic filing of the FAFSA, at www.pin.ed.gov. But even if you haven’t gotten a PIN yet, don’t let that stop you from coming to CGS!
Those attending should plan to spend 45 minutes to an hour meeting with financial aid professionals. They should bring their 2010 income tax returns and/ or 2010 W-2 forms, or their 2010 year-end pay stubs with 2009 tax returns. Families who have not completed their 2010 income tax forms can still learn valuable information to help them finish filling out the FAFSA at home.
College Goal Sunday is being held this Sunday, February 13 in Butler’s 1500 Building on the El Dorado campus at 901 S. Haverhill Rd. You can come and go from 2 to 4 p.m.
So, unless you’ve got a top secret evergreen that keeps you rolling in the Benjamins, you won’t miss out on this chance to secure your plans for next year!