Lancaster – Ohio University Lancaster has been chosen as a College Goal Sunday site for 2013. This is the first time the Lancaster Campus has been a College Goal Sunday site. It will help the Lancaster Campus continue its mission of helping students in our community with financial need attend college.
College Goal Sunday is a free, state-wide event presented by the Ohio Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (OASFAA) and endorsed by the Ohio Board of Regents. It is held once a year so students and their families can receive assistance completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
"The FAFSA is a required for to apply for all federal assistance and many state programs," said Ohio University Lancaster Enrollment Manager Pat Fox. "All local scholarship applications require that the FAFSA is completed as well. So, this is an opportunity to get help with an application that could be very beneficial to the student."
College Goal Sunday will be held on February 10, 2013 at 2 p.m. It is free and open to anyone who has questions about the FAFSA or financial aid in general. Students need to bring their IRS 1040 tax return and W2 forms, their parents' IRS 1040 tax return and W2 forms, their social security card, driver's license and any other benefit or income information.
"The FAFSA is sometimes confusing and overwhelming," said Fox. "Students in the Lancaster area will now be able to come to Ohio University Lancaster on College Goal Sunday and get the help they need filling out the form."
Due to the great demand expected for assistance in completing the FASFA, families are encouraged to register for the free event at www.ohiocollegegoalsunday.org or by calling 1-800-233-6734. The FAFSA is the key to funding a college education and helping families to overcome financial barriers that otherwise prevent students from attending the institution they want to. Studies show that a student is 50% more likely to attend college when they complete the FAFSA. While walk-ins are welcome, registration is encouraged. Record numbers are expected to be in attendance.
"We are excited to be a College Goal Sunday site," said Fox. "We hope to take away any confusion with the FAFSA form and help students get the financial aid they need to pursue higher education."
OASFAA is a non-profit, professional organization for individuals actively engaged in the administration of financial aid within the State of Ohio for higher education. As an educational organization, OASFAA strives to offer resources to students, families and high school advisors to promote higher education and increase awareness of financial aid opportunities.