What is College Goal Sunday?
College Goal Sunday is a free, on-site program that helps students and families complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), the form that is required to apply for financial assistance for higher education.
College Goal Sunday Connecticut will be held at several locations across the state.
College Goal Sunday CT is a three-hour event on Sunday, January 26, 2014.
How will I know if the event is cancelled due to the weather?
Please check the local TV stations:
WFSB, WTNH, WVIT, & WTIC
and the local radio stations:
WTIC 1080 AM & WYBC FM
Almost two-thirds of students in higher education receive financial aid. In fact, 63% of students in college, university, community college and technical schools get money to help pay the price of their higher education. The average total aid is $7,400 per year.
Please see the What to Bring page.
If you are a high school senior considering education after high school, you and a parent or guardian should attend College Goal Sunday Connecticut. Students may attend on their own, but they’ll need to bring parents’ recent income tax returns and/or last pay stub and other financial records.
But you don’t have to be in high school to participate–College Goal Sunday is for anyone who is considering applying to an institution of higher learning and needs help applying for financial aid.
The FAFSA is the Free Application for Federal Student Aid and is required for all students to get money for college. Information from the FAFSA qualifies you for all forms of federal (and many state and college-specific) aid, including federal student grants, work-study funds, loans and many state and private scholarships. The financial information you provide on the FAFSA determines your Expected Family Contribution (EFC), which is how much you and your family are expected to pay toward your education.
Financial aid makes it possible for every student who qualifies for admission to attend college. Visit the FAFSA website to learn more about the FAFSA form.
The FAFSA Pin number is required for any student planning to submit their FAFSA online. Submitting your forms online ensures a faster response. To obtain a FAFSA pin, log on to http://www.pin.ed.gov/PINWebApp/pinindex.jsp.
Students may attend on their own, but they’ll need to bring parents’ recent income tax returns and/or last pay stub and other financial records related to income. Bring all the materials and you should be able to complete most of the FAFSA at College Goal Sunday. Then you can finish completing the form with your parents later.
All students are eligible to apply for student financial assistance. Each year, colleges, universities and technical centers assist students in finding available funds from the various sources that help make education more affordable.
In order to qualify to receive federal student financial aid applicants must:
- Be a citizen or eligible non-citizen of the United States with a valid Social Security Number
- Have a high school diploma or a General Education Development (GED) certificate or pass an approved “ability to benefit” test
- Enroll in an eligible program as a regular student seeking a degree or certificate
- Register (or have registered) for Selective Service, if you are a male between the ages of 18-25
- Have no prior or pending drug felony convictions
You may call 1-888-277-2270 for more information about College Goal Sunday Connecticut.
College Goal Sunday Scholarship Drawing Guidelines
- Each site will hold a drawing for a scholarship.
- All CGS participants meeting the following criteria will receive one raffle entry:
- High School seniors or beyond
- Intend to enroll or re-enroll in college, university or post-secondary occupational school in 2013-2014
- Participate in the FAFSA workshop during CT College Goal Sunday
- A drawing will be done at each site from the “Registration and Scholarship Entry” card which each eligible student will fill out.
- The drawing will be done at the end of the CGS workshop by two CGS volunteers at each site.
- Each site will draw two winning cards and four alternates.
- Winning students do not have to be present to win.
- Raffle winners will be notified via the contact information they provided during registration.
- Winners must notify the CGS committee of the college they will be attending.
- A verification of enrollment form will be sent to the schools.
- Once the school completes the verification form and returns it to the CGS committee, the committee will disburse the funds directly to the school on the student’s behalf.
- Raffle winners who cannot be contacted or who fail to provide verification of their college enrollment will forfeit their scholarships.
- Forfeited scholarships will be awarded to qualified alternates.
- If any funds are not disbursed, the CGS committee reserves the right to carry any unused funds forward to the 2014 CGS event.
Thanks for your interest in participating in the CT College Goal Sunday on Sunday, January 26, 2014.