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"College Goal Sunday" at UMFK to precede "Super Bowl Sunday" by one week

January 12, 2007

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A week before we know who will be this year's Super Bowl champions, the University of Maine at Fort Kent will help this fall's college and university students and their parents answer a much more complex question: "How do I complete the Free Application for Federal Financial Aid (FAFSA)?"

UMFK's Nadeau Hall teleconference room will be the St. John Valley's host site for "College Goal Sunday" a statewide program co-sponsored by the Finance Authority of Maine. The session at UMFK will be held on Sunday, January 28 at 2:00 p.m. and will involve a line-by-line explanation of the FAFSA application and a question and answer session.

It is designed to assist families with college-bound and college-aged students to work through the, at times overwhelming, FAFSA form, which is required for students to qualify for federal aid.

"Now is the time to apply for financial aid for the 2007-2008 school year and we know that the FAFSA application can be daunting. "College Goal Sunday" is a concerted effort to help families get the financial aid ball rolling for next year," said Ellen Cost, UMFK's director of financial aid and presenter for the upcoming session. "If you are planning, or even thinking about, attending college next year, it's important to file your FAFSA early."

Cost, who has more than 36 years of experience in financial aid, served as director of financial aid for Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston before coming to UMFK. The seasoned financial aid officer will conduct a hands-on workshop that will allow parents to complete the FAFSA during the two-hour session.

Workshop participants are asked to bring with them their 2006 Federal Income Tax return, if already completed. If not already completed, they should bring along their 2005 Federal Income Tax return and their 2006 W-2 forms.

"Parents and students both are welcomed to attend. At the end of the program, participants should have an application ready to submit," said Cost.

In addition to the UMFK session, "College Goal Sunday" workshops will be held at 19 other sites around Maine, including in Presque Isle and Houlton.

A drawing will be held at each site, and one recipient will be chosen from eligible participants present, to receive a NextGen $1,000.00 Account. To be eligible, you must have taken part in the workshop and be present at the time of the drawing.

For more information on "College Goal Sunday" at UMFK, contact Ellen Cost at 834-7605.