Educators and Community

College Goal Sunday Program Press Release

  • Contact:
  • Glenn A Cassis, Connecticut College Goal Sunday Statewide Site Coordinator 860-240-8555

Connecticut to Offer Students and Families Opportunity to Learn About Ways to Pay for College

On January 24 and 25, 2015, the State of Connecticut African-American Affairs Commission (AAAC), the Connecticut Association of Professional Financial Aid Administrators (CAPFAA), the Connecticut Association of Educational Opportunity Program (CAEOP) and USAFunds will sponsor College Goal Sunday-Connecticut (CGS-CT) at fourteen sites in Connecticut. In this statewide event students and their parents will have one-on-one, expert advice on how to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and on how to plan for college.

College Goal Sunday (CGS) is a volunteer, charitable effort to assist low-income families and those who have no college-going tradition in accessing a higher education. Specifically, CGS helps families complete the FAFSA—required to qualify for college financial aid nationwide. In addition, valuable information will be shared about the benefits of attending college, student support services, areas of study, and different degree programs.

Between the hours of 1:30 PM. to 4:30 PM., professional financial aid personnel and other volunteers will assist high school seniors and their families in completing and submitting their FAFSA form online. The 14 sites for 2015 include: East Hartford High School, Eastern Connecticut State University, Gateway Community College (New Haven – Saturday, January 24), Hall High School (West Hartford), Housatonic Community College (Bridgeport – Saturday, January 24), Middlesex Community College, Naugatuck Community College (Waterbury), New Britain High School, Norwalk Community College, The Science and Technology Magnet High School of Southeastern Connecticut (New London), University of Hartford, Western Connecticut State University and Windsor High School.

“The high cost of higher education remains a barrier for most who are first to attend college in their family and financially disadvantaged families”, says Glenn A. Cassis, CGS-CT State Coordinator and Executive Director of the African-American Affairs Commission. He goes on to say, “It is imperative for students planning to attend college in the fall of 2015 to obtain as much financial aid for their college education as possible. Completing the FAFSA is crucial and we have the skilled financial aid volunteers to help students accomplish this task”. Participating in College Goal Sunday gives students and their families the opportunity to learn about preparing for college and financial aid in a comfortable setting. Since 2008, 5,665 Connecticut students have successfully participated in CGS-CT.

Students are strongly urged to register in advance at one of fourteen sites throughout Connecticut. Visit to register. College Goal Sunday–CT will be held on Sunday, January 25th from 1 PM – 4 PM. Housatonic Community College (Bridgeport) and Gateway Community College (New Haven) will hold CGS-CT on Saturday, January 24th from 1:30 PM – 4:30 PM.

For more information about the event, contact:

Glenn A. Cassis, CT College Goal Sunday Statewide Site Coordinator 860-240-8555 or visit the College Goal Sunday – CT website.

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