February 16 is College Goal Sunday in Louisiana

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen

Louisiana’s seventh annual College Goal Sunday will be held on February 16, 2014, from 2-4 p.m. at twelve locations around the state. The purpose of College Goal Sunday is to provide students and their families with free professional assistance in completing the primary student financial aid form, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Completing the FAFSA is the first step to take in order to receive most forms of federal student aid including Pell grants, low-interest federal student loans and to participate in the federal Work Study program. In addition, several state student financial aid programs, including the Taylor Opportunity Program for Students (TOPS) scholarship program and the Louisiana Go Grant need-based aid program, require completion of the FAFSA in order to qualify and access funds. Many campus-based institutional scholarships also require completion of the FAFSA.

College Goal Sunday is a national program designed to help students navigate the paperwork barriers that stand between them and the money they need to attend college. Completing the form correctly with detailed income, tax and other information can be a difficult task. On College Goal Sunday, financial aid professionals from Louisiana colleges and universities will be on hand to provide free line-by-line assistance.

As an added bonus for participants, education scholarship funds have been donated to further aid in the funding of a student’s education. Louisiana College Goal Sunday participants can submit their names for a drawing that will award one $500.00 scholarship per event location. Doors will open at 1:30 p.m. and the event will begin promptly at 2:00 p.m. The scholarship drawing will be held during the opening general session from among attendees present at the time.

Anyone, from a soon-to-be high school graduate to a returning adult student, who is planning to attend any post secondary institution that participates in the Federal Title IV Aid programs during the 2014-2015 academic year can benefit from attendance. This includes public, private, technical, community, proprietary and career colleges.

Pre-registration for the event is encouraged to ensure that each site has the resources needed to assist all participants. To do so, log on to http://www.osfa.la.gov. The website will also provide detailed information including specific records and documentation that participants will need to bring to the event.

College Goal Sunday Louisiana is sponsored by the Louisiana Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (LASFAA) and the Louisiana Office of Student Financial Assistance (LOSFA) with assistance from the Louisiana Gear-Up and Trio programs. Funding for Louisiana College Goal Sunday is provided by the College Access Challenge Grant and a grant from USA Funds.

The twelve 2014 Louisiana College Goal Sunday site locations in Louisiana are:

Alexandria Louisiana State University-Alexandria Brumfield Caffey Ballroom

First Floor Student Center Alexandria, LA 71302

Baton Rouge Baton Rouge Community College Bienvenue Student Center Cafeteria Baton Rouge, LA 70806 Southern University P.B.S. Pinchback Engineering Building

High Tech Room #123

Robert E. Smith Drive Baton Rouge, LA 70813

Bossier City Bossier Parish Community College Building D, Room 215 Bossier City, LA 71111

Hammond Southeastern Louisiana University Fayard Hall - Main Lobby Hammond, LA 70402

Houma Fletcher Technical Community College Main Campus (1407 Hwy. 311) Room 104 Houma, LA 70395

Lafayette University of Louisiana at Lafayette Moody Hall, Room 103 Lafayette, LA 70504

Lake Charles SOWELA Technical Community College Arts and Humanities Bldg. First Floor Multi-Purpose Room Lake Charles, LA 70616

Monroe

Louisiana Delta Community College Monroe Campus - 7500 Millhaven Road Louisiana Purchase Building, 3rd Floor, Room 310 Monroe, LA 71201

New Orleans

Dillard University DUICEF HALL, Room 106 New Orleans, LA 70122 Xavier University University Center's McCaffrey Ballroom on Drexel Dr. New Orleans, LA 70125

Shreveport

Southern University Shreveport Jesse Stone Lecture Hall Shreveport, LA

For more information, visit www.osfa.la.gov or contact the Louisiana Office of Student Financial Assistance at (225) 219-1012 or (800) 259-5626, or by Email at custserv@la.gov.