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December 2006 Press Release






Thousands of college bound students expected to attend
6th annual event to receive free financial aid application assistance

Comcast Spotlight and Radio One DC continue as major media partners



Annapolis, MD – The Maryland Higher Education Commission encourages students and parents to take advantage of the programs offered through College Goal Sunday.

Hosted by the DE-DC-MD Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators, Inc. (ASFAA), the sixth annual College Goal Sunday will take place in January and February 2007 at 20 locations across Delaware, DC and Maryland (locations list attached). Snow dates are also scheduled. Most events will be held on Sunday, February 11, 2007 at 2 p.m. Endorsed by the U.S. Department of Education, Maryland Higher Education Commission, Maryland State Department of Education, DC Public and Charter Schools, DC State Education Office and Delaware Department of Education, College Goal Sunday invites college bound students to a location near them to receive free professional assistance to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Colleges, universities and private career schools require the FAFSA form to qualify for federal grants and loans, as well as most state and private scholarships.

Students attending College Goal Sunday need to bring proof of 2006 income and benefits information, such as completed or estimated IRS federal income tax returns and W-2 Forms, or year-end pay stubs and proof of untaxed income, for the student and the parent(s). For more information on College Goal Sunday in Maryland, Delaware and DC, students and parents can call toll free 866-GO-2-GOAL or visit  www.GO2GOAL.org. There is no charge for any of these events.

All college bound students are invited to attend College Goal Sunday to receive free help. The primary goal of College Goal Sunday is to make sure that the first step to financial aid is accurately completed so that funds can be made available to those striving for a higher education.

Adult learners headed back to school are welcome. Many locations offer foreign language translators. Specific information on translator availability can be found online (www.go2goal.org).

College Goal Sunday in this region has three new sites for 2007, including Frederick Community College in Frederick, University of Maryland-Baltimore in Baltimore City, and Anne Arundel Community College in Arnold.

"ASFAA is proud to again offer College Goal Sunday to students of all ages across the region," said Cissy VanSickle, DE-DC-MD ASFAA member and chairperson of the College Goal
Sunday committee. "College Goal Sunday provides a valuable free service to anyone seeking financial aid assistance. Our volunteers' expertise in the financial aid application process directly helps more people gain financial aid making higher education more accessible."

Comcast Spotlight is again supporting College Goal Sunday as a premier media partner by donating production and significant airtime in Maryland, Delaware and DC to promote the events. Radio One will also donate airtime to promote College Goal Sunday on their DC stations.

College Goal Sunday, a nonprofit campaign, is currently sponsored by USA Funds® and Lumina Foundation for Education, and supported by grants from American Education Services (AES), American Student Assistance® and EdFUND®, all nonprofits with a particular interest in higher education. For more information on these organizations, please visit www.usafunds.org, www.luminafoundation.org, www.aesSuccess.org, www.amsa.com or www.edfund.org.

The College Goal Sunday program was created by the Indiana Student Financial Aid Association with funding from Lilly Endowment, Inc., and with supplemental support from Lumina Foundation for Education.



2007 College Goal Sunday Locations Listing

January and February 2007

  • Trinity University (Washington, D.C.) – Sunday, February 11 at 2 pm

  • Wheaton High School (Montgomery County) -- Sunday, February 11 at 2 pm

  • Prince George’s Community College, Largo Campus (Prince George’s County) -- Sunday, February 11 at 2 pm

  • Allegany College of Maryland, Cumberland Campus (Allegany County) – Thursday, February 1 at 6 pm, Snow date is Thursday, February 8 at 6 pm

  • Garrett College (McHenry, Garrett County) – Thursday, February 1 at 6 pm, Snow date is Thursday, February 8 at 6 pm

  • Frostburg State University (Allegany County) – Sunday, January 28 at 4 pm, Snow date is Sunday, February 11 at 2 pm

  • Frederick Community College (Frederick County) – Sunday, February 11 from 1 – 3 pm, No snow date

  • Anne Arundel Community College, CALT Building (Arnold, Anne Arundel County) -- Sunday, February 11 at 2 pm

  • College of Southern Maryland, LaPlata Campus (Charles County) -- Sunday, February 11 at 2 pm

  • University of Maryland, Baltimore, Student Center (Baltimore City) -- Sunday, February 11 at 2 pm

  • Baltimore City Community College, Liberty Campus – Sunday, February 11, 2 pm

  • Education Based Latino Outreach (EBLO) Office, Baltimore City -- Sunday, February 18 at 2 pm, Snow date is Sunday, February 25 at 2 pm

  • Catonsville Campus of The Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC) (Baltimore County) -- Sunday, February 11 at 2 pm

  • Dundalk Campus of The Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC) (Baltimore County) -- Sunday, February 11 at 2 pm

  • Goucher College (Towson, Baltimore County) -- Sunday, February 11 at 2 pm

  • The H.E.A.T. Center (Aberdeen, Harford County) -- Sunday, February 11 at 2 pm

  • Wor-Wic Community College (Wicomico County) -- Sunday, February 11, 2 pm

  • Delaware Technical and Community College-Stanton/Wilmington Campus (New Castle County) -- Sunday, February 11 at 2 pm

  • Delaware Technical and Community College-Terry Campus (Dover, Kent County, DE) -- Sunday, February 11 at 2 pm

  • Delaware Technical and Community College-Owens Campus (Georgetown, Sussex County) -- Sunday, February 11 at 2 pm

Snow date for events on Sunday, February 11 will be rescheduled for Sunday, February 18 unless otherwise noted. Snow dates for events not on February 11 are listed above.


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