Thursday, January 21, 2010

College Goal Sunday: Saturday Edition at Phoenix College

Free Help with Financial Aid Forms Can Help Students Gain Money for College

This year, the Arizona Commission for Postsecondary Education (ACPE) will host its 14th annual College Goal Sunday (and Saturday TOO!) event at 30 sites across Arizona. This year, Phoenix College will host the "Saturday edition" in the lower level of the Fannin Library on Saturday, January 30 from 2:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m.

College Goal Sunday is a free event which provides assistance in completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form and an opportunity to speak directly with financial aid professionals. FAFSA is the one application that must be completed for all federal, state and institutional aid (Pell grants, loans, etc.).

Students age 23 or younger are strongly encouraged to invite their parents to the event and should bring their parents’ and their 2009 income data (W-2's or a pay stub and/or 2009 tax return). Students age 24 and older may attend on their own and should bring their and spouse completed 2009 tax returns, W-2 forms, and other 2009 income information. Foster and homeless youth do not need their parents' tax information.

“So many people still do not know what financial aid is available or how to apply,” said Dolly Aguirre, assistant director of Phoenix College Financial Aid Office. “We want to help families relieve some of the stress and anxiety they have about the financial aid application process.”

Phoenix College will provide computers in the Fannin Library to both English- and Spanish-speaking students and their families for immediate submission through FAFSA on the Web. Many locations, including Phoenix College, will be offering Spanish speakers to provide translation service.

Since its inception, College Goal Sunday has helped more than 30,000 college-bound students and their families complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form and take the first steps toward finding financial aid to fulfill their dreams of higher education. More information on the event is available at

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