Campus event will help families complete college financial aid forms

January 19, 2007

DEARBORN / Jan. 19, 2007---Families with children who are seeking to enter a Michigan college can receive help completing their college financial aid forms at the University of Michigan-Dearborn on Sunday, Feb. 11.

The event, called College Goal Sunday, will take place from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the University Center's Kochoff Hall.

College Goal Sunday, which began in Indiana in 1989, will serve 27 Michigan communities this year. This is UM-Dearbornís third year participating in the national program.

"Families are often intimidated by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and make the mistake of delaying the application, or not applying at all," said Sally Foster, senior financial aid officer at UM-Dearborn. "Completing the FAFSA is one of the first steps that a student can take to help maximize the opportunity for financial aid."

Financial aid professionals from UM-Dearborn's Office of Financial Aid will join representatives from other area colleges to help students and their families complete the FAFSA.

The FAFSA form provided at the event is the primary means to determine eligibility for most loans, grants and other aid nationwide, according to Foster. To complete the FAFSA, parents or students should bring their family's most recent tax return, if possible, and their 2006 W-2 forms and other income records as well as information on the value of savings and checking accounts and investments. Students younger than 23 years old are encouraged to attend with a parent or guardian.

For more information about the UM-Dearborn College Goal Sunday event, visit http://www.umd.umich.edu/fa_college_goal_sunday/ or call the UM-Dearborn Office of Financial Aid at 313-593-5300 for site information.

Additional information about College Goal Sunday is available at the Partnership for Learningís Web site, http://www.partnershipforlearning.org.

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PHONE: 313-593-5644
The Office of University Relations
Room 1040, Administration Building
University of Michigan-Dearborn