Colleges to Assist Families with Financial Aid Forms

Financial aid experts from William Woods University plan to join their counterparts from colleges around the state in a concerted effort to help families complete financial aid forms.

The WWU officials will assist with “College Goal Sunday” Feb. 8 on the University of Missouri campus. The workshop is scheduled from 2 to 4 p.m. in Jesse Wrench Auditorium in Memorial Union South.

During the session, financial aid professionals will provide hands-on help with the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) form. The Columbia site also will have computers available for on-line filing of the FAFSA.

Students use the FAFSA application to apply for federal student grants, work-study money and loans to assist them in funding their college education. They may also use the application to apply for most state and some private financial aid.

“College Goal Sunday” is free. It is a service sponsored by the Lumina Foundation, the Missouri Department of Higher Education, the Missouri Higher Education Loan Authority and presented by the Missouri Association of Student Financial Aid Personnel.

“As members of the association, we’re happy to provide this service in an area where it is desperately needed,” Liz Bennett, director of student financial services at William Woods, said. “I hope a lot of students and parents will take advantage of this opportunity.”

Participating in the workshop along with Bennett will be Teresa White and Jessica Brush of the student financial services office and Kathy Adams and Marianne Dawson of WWU’s Columbia campus for Graduate and Adult Studies.

The workshop in Columbia is targeted at families in Audrain, Boone, Callaway, Camden, Cole, Cooper, Howard, Miller, Moniteau, Monroe, Montgomery, Morgan, Osage, Randolph and Saline counties.

“College Goal Sunday” will be held the same day at 11 other sites throughout the state: Northwest Missouri State University, Southeast Missouri State University, Drury College, Truman State University, William Jewell College, University of Missouri-St. Louis, St. Louis University, Avila University, Maplewoods Community College, Linwood YMCA in Kansas City and Richard Green Sr. YMCA in Raytown.

Postcards promoting the event were mailed to 36,000 high school seniors who took the ACT. The workshop is open to current college students or adults returning to school. As an added incentive, a $300 scholarship will be awarded to one participant selected at random.

To participate in “College Goal Sunday,” students are encouraged to pre-register by logging on to a website created specifically for the event. The website, located at, contains basic information about college financial aid and provides information regarding program locations, including driving directions. The site also contains a list of documents families should bring to the workshop to make completion of the forms easier.