Â Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚  MARQUETTE – “College Goal Sunday,” an opportunity to learn more about and initiate the financial aid process, will be coming to Northern Michigan University at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 8, in the Marquette Room of the University Center.

 Â Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚  College Goal Sunday is a statewide program to help students and parents realize the real expense of college and discover the financial aid available. NMU financial aid counselors and volunteers from the program will be available to help students fill out their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Those who attend the event are also eligible for $1,000 scholarships.

 Â Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚  Surveys by the National Household Education Surveys Program indicate that many people tend to overestimate the cost of college and underestimate the financial aid available to them. Studies also show that college students get a return on their educational investment by earning up to $1 million more than those who do not attend college over the course of their working careers.

 Â Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚  Students and parents attending College Goal Sunday should bring the following: the studentÂ’s social security number, driverÂ’s license, or alien registration card if not a U.S. citizen; the studentÂ’s W-2 forms or other records of money earned in 2003; the studentÂ’s and parentsÂ’ and/or spouseÂ’s 2003 federal income tax return; and any 2003 bank statements, business and investment mortgage information, business and farm records, stock bond, and other investment records.

 Â Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚  The public is invited to attend this event free of charge. For more information, visit www.collegegoal.org or call 1-866-897-8111.

Prepared By
Jessica Holman and Megan Perry