|College Goal Sunday comes to North Dakota|
The first annual North Dakota College Goal Sunday will take place Feb. 10. This is a free event for students interested in furthering their education after high school. Financial aid experts from colleges, universities and other organizations will be on hand at eight locations across the state to help students and their families complete and submit college aid applications.
In recognition of this event, Gov. John Hoeven has proclaimed Feb. 10 as College Goal Sunday in the state of North Dakota. A postsecondary education remains one of the most beneficial investments individuals can make in themselves. “Financial aid is available to help those who wish to further their education,” states Gov. Hoeven in the proclamation he recently signed.
Many students and their families are unfamiliar with the financial aid application process. For those who have not had prior college experience, it can seem overwhelming and they are often unaware of the types of funding available. College Goal Sunday is designed to get students on the right track toward applying for aid to pay for college.
As an added bonus for participants, all students who complete a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) at North Dakota College Goal Sunday will receive a flash drive. Each location will also give four $250 scholarships sponsored by Student Loans of North Dakota, one laptop computer and one iPod.
College Goal Sunday was created by the Indiana Student Financial Aid Association with funding from Lilly Endowment Inc. and supplemental support from Lumina Foundation for Education. The North Dakota Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NDASFAA) received a grant from Lumina Foundation to carry out a program in our state. Over 120 local volunteers will be assisting students throughout North Dakota.
Locations include: Belcourt, Bismarck, Dickinson, Fort Totten, Fort Yates, Grand Forks, Minot and New Town.
Students and families may come between 1 and 3 p.m. in the lower level of Swanson Hall to receive assistance with the financial aid application or to ask questions. A presentation of financial aid information will begin at 1 p.m.
-- Robin Holden, Director, Student Financial Aid, firstname.lastname@example.org, 777-3121