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APSU Financial Aid office to host College Goal Sunday

Football fans have Super Bowl Sunday. Students needing money to go to college will have College Goal Sunday.

Austin Peay State Universitys Office of Financial Aid will participate in the first annual College Goal Sunday, a statewide, one-day initiative coordinated by the Tennessee Student Assistance Corp. to help students and parents in finding state and federal financial aid for their postsecondary education.
Football fans have Super Bowl Sunday. Students needing money to go to college will have College Goal Sunday.

Austin Peay State University's Office of Financial Aid will participate in the first annual College Goal Sunday, a statewide, one-day initiative coordinated by the Tennessee Student Assistance Corp. to help students and parents in finding state and federal financial aid for their postsecondary education.

The event will be 2-4 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 12 at Morgan University Center on campus. The informational session is free and open to high school seniors and their parents or guardians. The two-hour event will include a presentation about the Free Application for Federal Student Aid process, one-on-one information and a question-and-answer session. If students wish to receive assistance in completing their FAFSA application, 2005 federal tax information will be needed.

February is National Financial Aid Awareness Month, and College Goal Sunday is one way to encourage students to apply for funding early. Several other colleges and universities in Tennessee are participating in College Goal Sunday.

According to TSAC, research shows that families often cite high cost as the main barrier to college attendance, although various forms of financial aid are available.

Donna Price, interim director of student financial aid and veterans affairs at APSU, said students and their parents often don't complete the FAFSA paperwork early enough to qualify for the best possible package.

“College Goal Sunday provides an opportunity to get a head-start on this important process,” she said.

The FAFSA form, used at colleges and technical schools nationwide, should be submitted before March 1 to get the maximum aid available. The form also serves as the application for the Tennessee Education Lottery Scholarship and TSAC award programs.

For more information about the FAFSA or College Goal Sunday, visit the TSAC Web site at www.CollegeGoalSundayTN.org. -- Melony Leazer