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During Michigan’s economic recovery, many people are pursuing higher education and ways to afford it. College Goal Sunday is designed to increase the number of students who continue education beyond high school and earn post-secondary degrees.

College Goal Sunday is now in its 8th year in Michigan and since 2004, more than 4,500 students have received help submitting the Free Application for Federal Student Aid form (FAFSA). The FAFSA is required of any student seeking financial aid including grants, loans and many scholarships. Statistics show students who complete and submit FAFSA forms are more likely to go on to college. Last year, more than 1,900 students received assistance at College Goal Sunday events.

College Goal Sunday
February 13, from 2-4 p.m.
DeVos Center, Building A, GVSU Pew Grand Rapids Campus
Computer labs 113A, 115A, 204 A, 205 A and Rooms 125 A and 127 A

On College Goal Sunday financial aid experts will be available to guide students through each step of completing and filing the FAFSA. Students should bring a completed 2010 IRS 1040 tax return (if possible) or their W-2 and 1099 forms.

Other College Goal Sunday sites in West Michigan include:
Davenport University-Holland location
Newaygo County Regional Educational Service Agency in Fremont
Baker College of Muskegon

For more information, contact Michelle Rhodes, director of Financial Aid at Grand Valley, at (616) 331-3234 or News and Information Services at (616) 331-2221, or visit www.micollegegoal.org.