Students interested in applying for financial aid for college can get expert help in filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form at Norwalk Community College's annual College Goal Sunday event from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday in the NCC East Campus building.
College Goal Sunday is a nationwide volunteer program that provides free information and assistance to students and families who are applying for financial aid for post secondary education.
Completing a FAFSA form is required for any college-bound student seeking federal and state financial aid, including grants and loans at all colleges in the country.
Each year, NCC brings together its financial aid counselors and other volunteers from the financial aid community to help students fill out the electronic FAFSA form on computers in the college's computer labs. Representatives from the NCC Admissions Office will provide information on degree and certificate programs and discuss the admissions process. A bilingual counselor will be available to help Spanish-speaking students and their families.
College Goal Sunday will take place at NCC and a dozen other sites in Connecticut.
College Goal Sunday is open to all college-bound students, regardless of age or which college they hope to attend. Whether a traditional student right out of high school or an adult who is returning or pursuing higher education for the first time, College Goal Sunday will help you complete the FAFSA, accurately and on time.
Dependent students (those under 24), should bring a parent or legal guardian. Independent students will not require a parent's income information.
It's important to file a FAFSA by the June 30 deadline (or earlier, depending on the college) even if you aren't sure you'll be starting college in the fall. Most students and families need assistance in paying for higher education expenses. The FAFSA is the gateway to accessing financial aid resources, which include school loans. Secondly, a family's situation may change at some point during the school year resulting in a major reduction in income. If the FAFSA has been filed in a timely manner, adjustments can be made as long as the filing deadline has not been missed.
To complete the FAFSA, students and their parents should bring the following: driver's license, social security number, previous year's W-2 forms, student and parents' recent Federal Income tax return, current bank statements, untaxed income records for previous year, current business records and information, and proof of citizenships.
To register for College Goal Sunday at NCC, go to: http://www.collegegoalsundayct.org/
For information, contact Rebecca Darragh-Savvaides, NCC financial aid services assistant, at (203) 857-3311.