The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

February 11, 2013

College Goal Sunday helps with financial aid

By Wendy Holdren
Register-Herald Reporter

BECKLEY — Many students and parents took advantage of free financial aid assistance at the annual College Goal Sunday.

College Goal Sunday is hosted at many locations across the state to aid students with federal students’ aid applications (FAFSA).

The event was hosted from 1 to 4 p.m. and Michael Comerci, site coordinator for the Erma Byrd Higher Education Center, said not only could students talk to financial aid experts, but they could also speak with Volunteer Tax Assistance (VITA) representatives.

Comerci said only about 30 students had pre-registered for the event, but he said 75 percent of total registrants come from walk-ins.

“Students can receive one-on-one FAFSA service, as well as VITA tax preparation service. The Division of Rehabilitation is also on-site.”

Although College Goal Sunday is only hosted one time annually, Comerci said students who missed the event can get in touch with their high school counselor, a college financial aid department, or the Education Opportunity Center at Bluefield State College.

College Goal Sunday in West Virginia is coordinated by the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission, the West Virginia TRiO Association, and the West Virginia Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators and funded by a grant from the Lumina Foundation.

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