posted January 21, 2013

Event to Help Holland-Area Students Apply for Financial Aid

College-bound Holland-area students and their families completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid or FAFSA can receive help with the form during “MI College Goal” on Sunday, Feb. 10, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Davenport University, 643 Waverly Rd.

Hosted by Davenport in cooperation with Hope College, the session is one of three dozen “MI College Goal” events taking place across the state.  The session is free.

The program is intended for any student who will be attending a college or university in the fall of 2013 and is seeking need-based financial aid.  The FAFSA is required of any student seeking need-based financial aid including grants, loans and many scholarships.

Students and families are encouraged to visit the host site nearest them regardless of the college or university that they plan to attend, and can stop in throughout the duration of the event.  They will have the opportunity to complete the form with assistance from financial aid experts who will be available to guide them through each step of completing and filing the FAFSA. Students under 23 years of age are encouraged to attend with a parent or guardian. Parents and students should bring their completed 2012 Federal tax return (1040) if possible, or their W-2 and 1099 forms.

Last year, 1,863 Michigan students received assistance through “MI College Goal,” formerly known as “College Goal Sunday.”  Students who participate this year will have the opportunity to compete for a $1,000 scholarship, an iPad mini and other awards.

“MI College Goal” is a collaborative effort of the Michigan Guaranty Agency and the Michigan Student Financial Aid Association.  The program is administered nationally by USA Funds, a nonprofit corporation headquartered in Indianapolis, Ind., that works to enhance postsecondary education preparedness, access and success by providing and supporting financial and other valued services.  Additional support for MI College Goal was provided by C.S. Mott Foundation and DTE Energy Foundation.

A complete list of locations and additional information, including regarding sites hosting FAFSA completion workshops on other dates, is available at MICollegeGoal.org