Cumberland Times-News

February 7, 2013

PSC hosts College Goal Sunday

Keyser school one of 23 in state offering financial aid help

From Staff Reports
Cumberland Times-News

— KEYSER, W.Va. — Potomac State College will host College Goal Sunday, which offers a free workshop to assist parents and students in completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid.

The fourth annual College Goal Sunday is being held in 23 locations throughout the state, according to a news release. Anyone planning to attend college next fall can participate.

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin stated in the news release that state and community commitment to this initiative highlights the importance of helping more students attend and succeed in postsecondary education programs.

 “College Goal Sunday is made possible through the generosity and dedication of hundreds of volunteers from our state’s colleges and universities, college access programs, community organizations and the business community,” Tomblin said. “Such collaborative efforts are the key to ensuring that more West Virginians achieve the dream of earning a college diploma, which will, in turn, ensure the economic success of our great state.”

Financial aid experts will help students and families complete and submit the FAFSA and explore additional financial aid resources that may be available.

Students, or potential students, who participate in the workshop will be entered in a drawing to win one of 23 Apple iPads being given away across the state. Since the completion of FAFSA re-quires listing information from tax returns, many sites will also offer free income tax preparation services through a partnership with the West Virginia Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program.

Participants should bring a driver’s license, both the student’s and parent’s Social Security numbers, 2012 or 2011 tax records, 2012 untaxed income records, and information about investments and bank account balances. The information is submitted through a secure federal government network. Volunteers will keep all financial and other information private.

College Goal Sunday West Virginia is coordinated by the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission in partnership with the West Virginia Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators, the West Virginia Council for Community and Technical College Education, the West Virginia Department of Education, the West Virginia Department of Education and the Arts, and college access organizations such as TRiO and GEAR UP.

Online preregistration is recommended but not required.

The workshop will take place Sunday in Academy Hall, Room 309 at PSC from 1 to 4 p.m.

To preregister, go to www.cfwv.com.