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

January 18, 2008


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 host site for St. John Valley’s  “College Goal Sunday” a statewide program co-sponsored by the Finance Authority of Maine. The session at UMFK will be held on Sunday, January 27 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 2008-2009 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 37 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 2007 Federal Income Tax return, if already completed. If not already completed, they should bring along their 2006 Federal Income Tax return and their 2007 W-2 forms or last pay stubs.

“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 24 other sites around Maine.

All families that attend will be entered into a drawing to be held at the Finance Authority of Maine for one of twenty $500 scholarships to be awarded for 2008-2009.   To be eligible, you must have taken part in the workshop.

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