What is College Goal Sunday?
College Goal Sunday is a non-profit program that provides free information and assistance to New Jersey families applying for financial assistance for higher education. College Goal Sunday mobilizes financial aid and other professionals from New Jersey colleges and universities to help families complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), the federally required form for student seeking financial aid, including grants and loans, throughout the nation.
When is College Goal Sunday?
New Jersey’s College Goal Sunday will take place on February 26, 2012 at 1:00 pm at 9 New Jersey locations. CGS will take place in Newark on February 19, 2012.
Who should attend College Goal Sunday?
Students and families in low-income and minority communities who need help applying for financial aid to attend college must not miss College Goal Sunday.
Why is College Goal Sunday important?
This one-day event will help families of college-bound students take the first step in applying for college by going through a two-hour moderated session that will lead to a completed financial aid form for the student.
What do I need to bring?
Students and their parents should bring completed 2011 IRS 1040 tax returns,
W-2 statements and other 2011 income and benefits information. Current bank
statements, untaxed income records for the previous year (Social Security,
Temporary Assistance to Needy Families, welfare, or veterans benefits records),
driver's license (if any) and alien registration card (if you are not a U.S.
citizen). This information is helpful, but not required.
Do students need to register?
In order to provide the best possible service to students now and in the future, we ask that students register online at www.njcollegegoalsunday.org
What if I am not sure whether or not I am going to college?
Many students are not sure if they will be attending right after high school or have been out of high school for some time. By filling out the FAFSA there is no obligation to attend, however, by completing the FAFSA form deadlines will not be missed if the student decides to apply to college later in the year.