Southeast Hosting Third Annual College Goal Sunday Financial Aid Program For Missouri Students

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.,

Feb. 8, 2006 – Graduating high school seniors seeking college financial aid information, including assistance with completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form are invited to participate in Missouri’s third annual College Goal Sunday planned for Feb. 12 at Southeast Missouri State University.

Southeast is one of 27 sites in Missouri hosting “College Goal Sunday.” The event is scheduled for 2 to 4 p.m. in Robert A. Dempster Hall.

“JUST GET HERE” is being advertised to thousands of high school students in Missouri. Aimed at graduating high school seniors planning to enroll in a college or university this fall, the slogan encourages students to participate in the event. The program intends to help students understand how to fill out the FAFSA form to determine eligibility for student grants, loans, scholarships and student employment for tuition plus school expenses. Many schools have priority processing dates for the FAFSA in February and March. Therefore, it is advised to file as soon as possible. Every college-bound student is eligible to take part in this free, one-day event.

“We hope that students and parents can leave that afternoon with their FAFSA submitted to the Department of Education,” said Karen Walker, director of Financial Aid Services at Southeast. “If they can’t do that, we hope they have gained enough information to complete it at home at their convenience.”

Many financial aid professionals throughout Missouri have committed to playing a part in this year’s College Goal SundaySM. Missouri high school seniors and their respective parents or guardians are invited to attend. Volunteers and financial aid experts will be on hand to help with the completion and filing of the student FAFSA forms. The program targets students who have had no prior experience with the FAFSA forms or may not have considered attending college because the funds weren’t readily accessible to finance college tuition. College Goal Sunday was created with these types of barriers in mind.

For complete information on College Goal Sunday participating sites, visit www.collegegoalmissouri.com. Students are encouraged to review the information on the website prior to arriving so they can bring all of the necessary documentation, including each individual’s 2005 federal tax information in order to fill out their FAFSA forms completely.

Part of a nationally based program, College Goal Sunday is made possible by the Lumina Foundation. Co-sponsoring the Missouri event each year since its inception three years ago, are the Missouri Higher Education Loan Authority (MOHELA), the Missouri Department of Higher Education, and the Missouri Association of Student Financial Aid Personnel (MASFAP).