Hundreds of Michigan College Goal volunteers will fan out to more than 30 locations statewide Sunday to help college-bound students and their families complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid or FAFSA.
"For many students and their families, college seems like an unachievable and unaffordable dream," said State Superintendent Mike Flanagan. "Michigan College Goal locations have experts who can help families complete these complex applications and maximize awards for students wanting to go to college."
Last year, more than 1,000 students received assistance at Michigan College Goal events.
The program helped Michigan become first in the nation during the last decade to increase the percentage of low-income students seeking financial aid. To celebrate this achievement, students may compete for a $1,000 scholarship, an iPad mini and other awards at this year's events.
The program's mission is to increase the number of students who continue education beyond high school and earn post-secondary degrees. The FAFSA is required of any student seeking financial aid including grants, loans and many scholarships from public or private institutions.
"It is critical that high school seniors and their parents are aware of these Michigan College Goal events," said Bryan Taylor, President of EduGuide. "Students must complete and file a FAFSA in order to secure financial aid and should file by the March 1st priority date to ensure eligibility for federal and state programs."
Statistics show that students who submit FAFSA forms are more likely to go on to college.
During Michigan College Goal, financial aid experts will be available, at no charge, to guide students and their families through each step of completing and filing the FAFSA. Students under 23 are encouraged to attend with a parent or guardian. Parents and students should bring their completed 2013 Federal tax return (1040) if possible, or their W-2 and 1099 forms. It typically takes 30 to 45 minutes to complete the form.
Volunteers will help students across northern Michigan from 2-4pm at the following locations:
Boyne City Boyne City High School 1035 Boyne AveBoyne City, MI 49712
CadillacLearning Center Baker College of Cadillac 9600 E 13th StCadillac, MI 49601
Harbor Springs Harbor Spring High School 327 E Bluff DrHarbor Springs, MI 49740
Sault Ste Marie Sault Area High School 904 Marquette AveSault Ste Marie, MI 49783
For a full list of Feb. 9, 2014, Michigan College Goal locations and more information, visit www.micollegegoal.org