Minot State University helps with North Dakota College Goal Sunday
On Feb. 13, Minot State University staff will participate in the fourth annual North Dakota College Goal Sunday. They will help college-bound students and their families complete and submit college financial aid applications online in Old Main 314 and 316, 1-3 p.m.
This is a free event for students interested in furthering their education after high school. Many students and their families are unfamiliar with the financial aid application process. College Goal Sundayís objective is to get students on the right track toward applying for aid to pay for college.
Most colleges, universities, and vocational and technical schools in the nation require students seeking federal financial aid, including grants and loans, to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Because many types of aid are awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis, this form should be completed as soon as possible after Jan. 1. March 15 is the priority deadline in North Dakota. While forms may still be submitted after this date, students may miss aid opportunities.
"At College Goal Sunday, we help students complete the FAFSA properly and before important deadlines," said Merri Jo Connole, financial aid counselor.
As an added bonus for participants, all students who complete a FAFSA at North Dakota College Goal Sunday will receive a flash drive and be in drawings to win a scholarship or a laptop. The generous contributors, which donated the scholarships and prizes, are Bremer Bank of Grand Forks, North Dakota College Access Challenge Grant and Wells Fargo.
Participants should bring the following documentation to College Goal Sunday:
- Social Security Number (studentsí and parentsí).
- Alien registration card (if not U.S. citizen).
- 2010 Federal Tax Return and W2 (students' and parentsí).
- 2010 untaxed income records (veteran non-education benefits, child support, workerís compensation).
- Driverís license (if applicable).
- Information on savings, investments, business assets and farm assets (if applicable).
The North Dakota Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators received a grant from Lumina Foundation to implement this program in North Dakota. More than 125 volunteers will assist students throughout the state on Feb. 13.
Other cities taking part in North Dakota College Goal Sunday are Belcourt, Bismarck, Dickinson, Fargo, Fort Totten, Fort Yates, Grafton, Grand Forks, New Town and Williston. For specific time and site information, visit www.collegegoalnd.org, call (866)454-3308 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. North Dakota College Goal Sunday is also on Facebook.
For specific questions related to the Minot site, contact the MSU Office of Financial Aid at 858-3375.