|In an effort to allow more families to attend, officials with the Financial Aid and Scholarship Office at Middle Tennessee State University have shifted the annual College Goal Sunday event to Saturday, Jan. 5.
This free event will be held from 9 a.m. to noon in the Business and Aerospace Building on campus.
College Goal Sunday is designed to assist students planning to attend any college, particularly with the completion and online submission of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, which is required to qualify for financial aid.
Leann Eaton, associate director in the Financial Aid Office, said MTSU “once again is excited to host a College Goal Tennessee event geared toward any entering college student no matter where they plan to attend.”
Eaton explained the change to holding the event on Saturday.
“MTSU chose the first Saturday in January so that prospective students can complete their FAFSA application early so that they may meet any state, federal and institutional financial aid deadlines,” she said. “We moved our College Goal event to a Saturday in the hopes of having more families participate.
“This way, families can come complete their FAFSA applications in the morning, but it still leaves their afternoon free.”
Eaton said financial aid personnel would be providing sessions on how to complete the FAFSA forms. Officials also plan to make families aware of the most common mistakes made when completing the government paperwork.
“Families then will be able to complete their FAFSA application in a computer lab, which will be staffed by financial aid representatives as well as representatives from the Tennessee Student Assistance Corporation,” she said.
To complete the FAFSA, families are encouraged to bring a copy of their 2011 tax return as well as their last paycheck stub for 2012.
College Goal Sunday events will be held across Tennessee from Saturday through Sunday, Feb. 10.
Visit www.tn.gov for more information about College Goal Tennessee, registration details and all locations and dates.
For more information about the MTSU event, visit www.mtsu.edu. Pre-registration is encouraged, but it is not required.