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Statewide College Goal Sunday Event on February 10 to Help West Virginia Students and Parents Apply for Money for College

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    Monday, January 14 2013
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    Jim Nelson/Media Relations - (304) 327-4103

The third annual West Virginia College Goal Sunday (CGS) event will be held at several sites around West Virginia, including Bluefield State College on Sunday, February 10, 2013. The BSC event begins at 1 p.m. in the W. Paul Cole, Jr. School of Business/Mahood Hall on the Bluefield State College campus.

This event is an opportunity for students and parents to have financial aid experts provide free assistance in filling out the 2013-14 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), the cornerstone of the higher education financial aid application process.

The FAFSA is a crucial first step for all college students who plan to pay for college with the help of grants, scholarships, work-study funds and/or student loans.

Individuals who plan to attend college and would like help with completion of the FAFSA or would like answers regarding general financial aid questions are encouraged to attend. Interested students and parents are asked to bring their Social Security numbers, 2012 Federal Tax Return, W-2, other income records, driver's license and other valid ID to the session. Each family who completes the Student/Family Survey during the CGS event will be eligible to register for an iPAD giveaway. The more income information that families can provide, the more likely they will be able to submit their FAFSA on the day of the event. Additionally, Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) will be available to provide information and assistance regarding tax preparation. All information shared is protected by privacy laws. To register and learn more about College Goal Sunday and specific time and site information, visit:

This year's College Goal Sunday efforts in West Virginia are coordinated by the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission, the West Virginia TRiO Association, and the West Virginia Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators with funding by a grant from the Lumina Foundation.

Individuals interested in learning more about College Goal Sunday at Bluefield State College are encouraged to contact College Goal Sunday site coordinator Dr. Sarita A. Rhonemus ( 304-327-4096) or co-coordinator Mr. Michael E. Goins ( 304-327-4327).