College Goal Sunday
Minot State University staff members will participate March 24 in the sixth annual North Dakota College Goal Sunday in Old Main 314, 1-3 p.m. Their mission is to help college-bound students and their families complete and submit college financial aid applications online.
This is a free event for students interested in furthering their education after high school. College Goal Sunday's 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. April 15 is the priority deadline for North Dakota state aid, while colleges and universities have campus priority deadlines too. While forms may still be submitted after April 15, students may miss financial aid opportunities.
"At College Goal Sunday, we help students complete the FAFSA properly and before important deadlines," said Merri Jo Connole, assistant financial aid director. "Usually, it only takes an hour of their time."
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 eligible for a drawing to win a $1,000 scholarship. The Bank of North Dakota's College Planning Center is donating the scholarship.
Participants should bring the following documentation to College Goal Sunday:
- Social Security Number (students' and parents')
- Alien registration card (if not U.S. citizen)
- 2012 Federal Tax Return andW2 (students' and parents')
- 2012 untaxed income records (veteran non-education benefits, child support, worker's compensation)
- Driver's license (if applicable)
- Information on savings, investments, business assets and farm assets (if applicable)
Twenty-one sites are participating. For specific time and site information, visit www.collegegoalnd.org or contact 1-800-554-2717 or firstname.lastname@example.org. North Dakota College Goal Sunday is also on Facebook.
For questions related to the Minot site, contact the MSU Office of Financial Aid at 858-3375.