MARQUETTE – Northern Michigan University will participate in “College Goal Sunday,” a program designed to help high school seniors learn more about and initiate the financial aid process. It is scheduled for 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 12, in the Huron and Erie rooms of the University Center.

            A recent study by the American Council on Education found that half of college undergraduates failed to complete the Free Application for Student Financial Aid (FAFSA), and that an estimated 850,000 low-income students could have received a Pell Grant for up to $4,050 if only they had sent in the form. To counter this problem, more than 200 volunteers at 22 sites across Michigan are participating in “College Goal Sunday” to help families complete the FAFSA. Students younger than 23 are encouraged to attend this free event with a parent or guardian.

            Families should bring the following supplemental information with them: the student’s social security number, driver’s license (or alien registration if not a U.S. citizen), W-2 forms or other records of money earned in 2005, and a 2005 federal income tax return. Parents and/or spouses will be required to bring their tax returns as well. Bank statements, business and investment mortgage information, business and farm records, stock bonds, and other investment records from 2005 will also be necessary.

High school seniors – even those who are not sure whether or where they will go to college – should complete the FAFSA by the March 1 deadline. For more information on “College Goal Sunday,” visit www.micollegegoal.org. 

"For more information, contact Christine Larson at 227-2327 or Jon Teichman at 227-2650"

Prepared By
Becky Kratz