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WVC to host hands-on college financial aid events during winter quarter

High school seniors and others planning on taking college courses during the 2010-2011 academic year are encouraged to attend a financial aid event at Wenatchee Valley College. A session will be held on the Omak campus on Sunday, Jan. 24, from 1 to 3 p.m., and on the Wenatchee campus on Wednesday, Feb. 10, from 6 to 8 p.m. in Wenatchi Hall. Children’s activities will be provided during the Wenatchee campus event. 

Financial aid experts, college professionals, high school staff and community volunteers will be available to answer questions and provide free one-on-one help to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form online for both English and Spanish-speaking students and families.

Prospective students need to bring the following to the event:

  • 2009 income tax forms, or 2008 tax forms if 2009 forms are not complete, and those of your parents if you are a dependent student
  • FAFSA pin (register for your pin at www.pin.ed.gov
  • Driver’s license
  • U.S. Resident Card number (if applicable)
  • Untaxed income (untaxed social security benefits, TANF benefits, child support received etc.)
  • Other financial information (W2’s, net worth of real estate property, value of other investments such as stocks and bonds etc.)

WVC’s priority financial aid application deadline is Monday, March 1, 2010. Due to a high volume of applications, allow up to two weeks for processing. FAFSA applications can be submitted starting Jan. 1.

WVC is hosting these events as part of the College Goal Sunday (CGS) Washington program.  CGS Washington supports students and their families, especially low-income and first generation students, in finding the right resources to pay for college by connecting them with financial aid opportunities.  Students who attend the events will be eligible to win college scholarships from the Northwest Education Loan Association (NELA), administrator of the CGS Washington program.

CGS is a nationwide program that provides education and information about the availability of financial aid in addition to providing expert assistance in filling out the paperwork required to apply and qualify for that aid. The program was created by the Indiana Student Financial Aid Association in 1989 with funding from Lilly Endowment, Inc., and with supplemental support from Lumina Foundation for Education.  Originally held on Sundays, these events are now hosted on any day of the week in communities nationwide.  Nationally, events are scheduled in 47 states, plus the District of Columbia.  These will be the second annual CGS events at WVC.

For more information, visit the CGS Washington web site at www.collegegoalsundaywa.org.



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