Students receive help to fund their education

Liz Whittemore

Photo Editor

On Sunday, Feb.12, 2012, close to 180 students and family members attended College Goal Sunday.

From 2-4 p.m. at St. Clair County Community College, in room 150 of the MTEC building, financial aid advisors helped those who attended fill out the free application for federal student aid.

“We help students and families all day every day fill out the form, but it’s a place where we can help multiple families at one time,” said Josephine Cassar, Director of Financial Assistance and Services at SC4. “It’s one way that we help give back to the community.”

College Goal Sunday happens usually every February and is a national event, having begun in Indiana in 1989.

40 states and Washington, D.C. planned events this year.

This year was St. Clair County Community College’s seventh year participating in College Goal Sunday.

“If it’s easier for families to come in on a Sunday, so they don’t have the typical running home from work to get dinner on the table and still get the professional assistance that they need; then I think it’s a great opportunity,” said Cassar.

Students were asked to bring either their 2011 tax forms, W2, or 1099 forms with them to fill out the form.

St. Clair County Community College Registrar Carie Bearss assists a woman filling out the FAFSA at College Goal Sunday Feb.12, 2012. Photo by Liz Whittemore

St. Clair County Community College Registrar Carie Bearss assists a woman filling out the FAFSA at College Goal Sunday Feb.12, 2012. Photo by Liz Whittemore

“Applying for financial aid helps remove some of the barriers, financial barriers that could be there for students. We need to see more and more students going to college and completing their degree. This is a way that they can access some funds to help them complete their educational goals,” said Cassar.

SC4 student Amanda Coffelt, 19, from Jeddo found attending College Goal Sunday beneficial.

“It was useful because they help you figure out how to answer the questions,” said Coffelt.

Students that attended and filled out a survey for College Goal Sunday have a chance at winning six statewide scholarships being offered by organizers for the event.

There is one $1,000 scholarship, two $500 scholarships, and three $250 scholarships students have a chance at winning.

Drawings for the scholarships will be on May 1, 2012, to be used for the following academic year.

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