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.
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.
To complete the FAFSA form and later have access to your records, students and parents have to sign it electronically.
Each student must create and utilize a FSA ID (username and password) to sign the FAFSA electronically. If you are a parent of a dependent student, you will need your own FSA ID to sign your child’s FAFSA electronically. If you have more than one child attending college, you can use the same parent FSA ID to sign all applications. Please note: Each FSA ID user must have a unique e-mail address. You can request a FSA ID at www.fafsa.gov prior to starting the FAFSA.
Click here for information on how to create the FSA ID
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’ 2015 income tax returns and/or last pay stub and other financial records.
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.
Students may attend on their own, but they’ll need to bring parents’ 2015 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 can 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 2017-2018
- 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 student.
- Once the student’s 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 next CGS event.
Thanks for your interest in participating in the CT College Goal Sunday