January 2009 Press Release
For immediate release: January 30, 2009 Media Contact: Christopher Falkenhagen
Communications: (410) 260-4511
College Goal Sunday Prepares Students for College in
ANNAPOLIS, MD (January 30, 2009) – Students
interested in attending college who need help filling out
the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form
can participate in a free one-day event called College Goal
Sunday in which experts will advise students and families on
filling out the form.
Numerous College Goal Sunday events are scheduled throughout
February. Events include:
• Goucher College, Van Meter Hall. February 8 from 2-4 p.m.
Contact Sharon Hassan at
(Snow date is February 15).
• Montgomery College, Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus
Student Services Building, first floor. February 8 from 2-4
p.m. Contact Wendy Maldonado at
• Glen Burnie High School, 7550 Baltimore Annapolis Blvd.,
Glen Burnie, MD 21060. February 8 from 2-4 p.m. Contact
• Loyola College in Maryland, 4501 North Charles Street,
Baltimore, MD 21210, Sellinger Hall Atrium. February 8 from
12-4 p.m. Contact Ms. Tonya Lewis, program coordinator at
(410) 617-1545 or
• Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC) Dundalk
campus. February 15 from 2-4 p.m. Contact Mark Gay at
date is February 22).
• Prince George’s Sports and Learning Complex, 8001 Sheriff
Road, Landover, MD 20785. February 22 from 1-4 p.m. Contact
Q.T. Jackson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
(Snow date is March 1).
“Money for college is available,” Secretary of Higher
Education James E. Lyons, Sr., said. “Governor O’Malley
included nearly $110 million in his fiscal year 2010 budget
for scholarships and grants. However, students need to file
the FAFSA to receive scholarships or grants administered by
the Maryland Higher Education’s Office of Student Financial
Students and families should be prepared if they attend
College Goal Sunday events. They need to bring the PIN they
receive by going to www.pin.ed.gov at least one week before
College Goal Sunday. A PIN is needed for both the student
and at least one parent. Also, latest tax information (2007
Tax Returns) for both students and parents should be brought
along as well as 2007 W-2 forms, Social Security numbers,
proof of Social Security benefits received in 2007 (if
applicable), amounts of untaxed income received in 2007 (if
applicable), knowledge of checking and savings account
balances and knowledge of the worth of other family assets
(other than their home).
The Maryland Higher Education Commission is a 12-member
coordinating board responsible for establishing statewide
policies for Maryland public and independent colleges and
universities and private career schools. It serves as an
advocate for more than 326,000 college students in Maryland,
for the State and its needs, and for business and industry