The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

January 13, 2013

College Goal Sunday

Program offers student aid information


— The fourth annual West Virginia College Goal Sunday event will be Feb. 10 at 20 sites around West Virginia.

College Goal Sunday is an opportunity for students and families to receive free confidential support in completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).    

Graduating high school seniors, adults looking to start or return to college and current college students should complete a FAFSA. Parents may attend to learn more or to complete the FAFSA on behalf of their student.

The New River Community and Technical College, Greenbrier Valley Campus in Lewisburg is one of the sites hosting the event.

Coordinators for the New River site are Nora Overath, financial aid counselor, and Donna Polk, student program adviser, at the Greenbrier Valley Campus. The event will take place from 1 to 4 p.m. in Greenbrier Hall, 101 Church St. Parking is available in the lot behind Greenbrier Hall.

Free tax preparation will be provided by VITA volunteers to assist students and families who wish to complete FAFSA that day. This service is available for these persons only, and certain restrictions apply. Volunteers will be available at the GVC Feb. 9 from 8 a.m. until noon as well as on Sunday beginning at noon.

Students who participate will be entered to win an Apple iPad. Individuals who plan to attend college, would like help with completion of the FAFSA, or would like answers regarding general financial aid questions are encouraged to attend.

 Interested students and parents are asked to bring their Social Security numbers and 2012 tax records. Those who have not yet completed their 2012 taxes can bring 2011 forms. For a complete list of what to bring, visit www.cfwv. com. All information shared is protected by privacy laws.

A complete list of other College Goal Sunday sites can also be found on the website. For further information about the Greenbrier Valley Campus event, contact Overath or Polk at 304-647-6560.

The College Goal Sunday program was created by the Indiana Student Financial Aid Association with funding from the Lilly Endowment Inc. and supplemental support from the Lumina Foundation for Education.