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Learn more about applying and paying for College

1/18/2012

 

COLLEGE GOAL TENNESSEE EVENT WILL ASSIST FAMILIES APPLYING FOR MONEY TO ATTEND COLLEGE

Tennessee high school seniors and parents can learn about applying and paying for college by attending College Goal Tennessee; by choosing to attend an event during January or February, 2012 at any of the 35 participating sites across the state (a site list is included below). 

College Goal Tennessee offers students and parents completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) expert assistance from hundreds of professionals in the financial aid, admissions, secondary, and higher education communities.  Volunteers at each site will provide free assistance completing the FAFSA and question/answer sessions to benefit students and parents in different stages of the financial aid process.

Research shows that families often list high cost as the main barrier to college attendance, even though tens of millions of dollars in various forms of financial aid is available every year.  The FAFSA form, used at colleges, universities, and technical schools nationwide, should be submitted before March 1 to get the maximum aid available, even if the student has not yet selected their college. 

Along with being the application for federal aid, the FAFSA form also serves as the application for the Tennessee Education Lottery Scholarship and the Tennessee Student Assistance Award programs, making it vital to the post-secondary application process in Tennessee.

For complete information on College Goal Tennessee and the participating sites, visit www.tn.gov/CollegeGoalSunday .  Students are encouraged to review the information on the website prior to arriving to insure they bring all of the necessary documentation, including each individual’s 2011 federal tax information, in order to fill out their FAFSA form completely. If their latest tax information is not available, they should bring last year’s tax forms and come anyway.