College Goal Sunday
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 4, 2005


Contact: Suzanne Ernst
(702) 889-8426


COLLEGE GOAL SUNDAY

Helping Students Take the First Steps Toward
Federal Financial Aid

Las Vega s – College students filing for federal financial aid must often navigate their way through a daunting stack of forms in order to apply, let alone receive, need-based financial aid. The University and Community College System of Nevada is participating in an innovative program designed to assist college-bound high school students in getting the financial aid they need by walking them through the necessary steps of submitting a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Nevada’s College Goal Sunday is a one day workshop for graduating high school students and their families. The free workshops will be held at 10 locations throughout the state on Sunday, February 13, 2005, from 2 to 4 p.m.

“Our goal is to eliminate any problems with comprehending, completing and submitting the Federal FAFSA form,” said Dr. Christine Chairsell, interim vice chancellor for academic and student affairs and chairperson for this year’s Nevada College Goal Sunday. “Our program will walk students and families through the financial aid process step-by-step and will ensure the participants’ ability to explore all financial aid options available to them.”

To participate, students are encouraged to pre-register at www.cgs.nevada.edu . The Web site contains information about the event as well as provides details on workshop locations. Registration is not required to attend the event.

Event locations include Great Basin College, Nevada State College, University of Nevada Las Vegas, Community College of Southern Nevada, Pine Middle School in Reno, Truckee Meadows Community College, University of Nevada, Reno, and the Carson City, South Minden and Fallon campuses of Western Nevada Community College

Sponsored nationally by Lumina Foundation, the College Goal Sunday program has been successful in other states including Indiana, Hawaii, Arizona, and California.

“The majority of Nevada’s college students qualify for some kind of financial aid, which includes loans, work study, grants and scholarship,” says Chairsell. “The first step is completing the required forms.”

The Nevada Board of Regents is the elected, 13-member governing body for the University and Community College System of Nevada. Comprising two doctoral-granting universities, a state college, four comprehensive community colleges and one environmental research institute, the UCCSN serves the educational and job training needs of the nation’s fastest growing state. As Nevada’s only system of higher education, the UCCSN provides educational opportunities to more than 100,000 students.