High School Seniors Invited to College Goal Sunday!

College-bound high school seniors are invited to attend College Goal Sunday, a free event to help students and their families fill out the FAFSA form for financial aid in college.
The event will be from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 27, at Gateway Community College, 20 Church St., in downtown New Haven. Students and families can register for College Goal Sunday and get more information about what kind of documents to bring along at www.collegegoalsundayct.org/students-registration.
It is extremely important that students and families understand that EVERYONE seeking financial assistance for college must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA. Financial aid is distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. The earlier students and families get their applications in, the more likely it is that they will receive all the free federal and state grants they are eligible for to help pay for college. More grants equal fewer student loans. Students who submit the FAFSA too late could lose out on critical financial aid.
At College Goal Sunday, volunteers will be standing by to help students and families fill out the FAFSA.  In addition to receiving assistance in filling out the FAFSA, participants will receive general information regarding state and federal financial aid programs. There will also be a raffle for a $200 scholarship. A few in-state colleges (Central, Eastern, Gateway, Quinnipiac and Southern) will also be on hand to speak with students and families about college. New Haven Promise staff will be available to help students with the Promise scholarship application.
College Goal Sunday is also seeking volunteers – especially Spanish speakers – with knowledge of the FAFSA to help students and families navigate the form. Volunteers can also sign up at www.collegegoalsundayct.org/volunteer-registration.
Partners on the event include New Haven Public Schools, New Haven Promise, College Summit, Gateway Community College, the Connecticut Association of Educational Opportunity Programs and Connecticut Association of Professional Financial Aid Administrators.
The College Goal Sunday program was created by the Indiana Student Financial Aid Association with funding from Lilly Endowment, Inc. and supplemental support from the Lumina Foundation for Education.