College-bound high school seniors and their parents often wonder how to pay for higher education—and how to fill out the financial aid forms.
To help them, William Woods University will host a financial aid planning program on College Goal Sunday, Feb. 12. The free information session will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Library Auditorium on the WWU campus.
The program is intended to help students understand how to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form to determine eligibility for student grants, loans, scholarships and student employment for tuition plus school expenses.
Fall term financial aid can be determined as early as March 1, and it is advisable to file as soon as possible.
Many financial aid professionals throughout Missouri have committed to playing a part in this year’s College Goal SundaySM by hosting a site at a high school, college or university. William Woods is one of 27 participating program locations throughout the state.
Volunteers and financial aid experts from WWU’s Student Financial Services and other campus offices will be on hand to help with the completion and filing of the FAFSA forms.
The program targets students who have had no prior experience with FAFSA forms or may not have considered attending college because the funds were not readily accessible to finance college tuition. College Goal Sunday was created with these types of barriers in mind.
The website www.collegegoalmissouri.com contains complete information on College Goal Sunday. Students are encouraged to review the information on the website prior to arriving so they can bring all of the necessary documentation to fill out their FAFSA forms completely, including individual 2005 federal tax information.
Part of a nationally based program, College Goal Sunday is made possible by the Lumina Foundation. Co-sponsoring the Missouri event each year since its inception three years ago, are the Missouri Higher Education Loan Authority (MOHELA), the Missouri Department of Higher Education, and the Missouri Association of Student Financial Aid Personnel (MASFAP).