January 23, 2004
A week after we know whether the Patriots or Panthers are this year's SuperBowl champions, the University of Maine at Fort Kent will help this coming fall's college and university students and their parent's 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 designed to assist families with college-bound and college-age students in working through the, at times overwhelming, FAFSA form, which is required for students to qualify for federal aid.
The session at UMFK will be held on Sunday, February 8, from 2:00 through 4:00 p.m., and will involve a line-by-line explanation of the FAFSA application and a question and answer session.
"Now is the time to apply for financial aid for the 2004-2005 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 interim 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 30 years of experience in financial aid, served most of that time as director of financial aid for Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston.
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 2003 Federal Income Tax return if already completed, or if not completed, to bring along their 2002 Federal Income Tax return and all of their 2003 W-2 forms.
"Parents and students are both welcome! At the end of the program, you should have an application ready to submit," said Cost. In addition to the UMFK session, "College Goal Sunday" workshops will be held at 12 other sites around Maine, including in Caribou and Houlton.
For more information on "College Goal Sunday" at UMFK, contact Ellen Cost at 834-7605.