November 28, 2014
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Saturday event to help families apply for college financial aid

The 5th annual College Goal Rhode Island event will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. at seven locations statewide.

College Goal Rhode Island is a statewide charitable program that provides free information and assistance to families applying for college financial aid. Financial aid professionals will assist college-bound students and their families complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). This form is required for students seeking federal financial aid, including grants and loans, at educational institutions nationwide. It is also the form Rhode Island residents complete to determine eligibility for Rhode Island State Grant Programs.

Many students and parents spend countless hours struggling to figure out if they qualify for financial aid programs, and many more filling out forms that can be both complicated and confusing. For many high school students, lack of information about how to pay for college has discouraged them from applying. It's critical that students and families gain access to the information and resources needed to help them explore educational opportunities.

Sessions will be held at Central Fall High School, 24 Summer St.; Cranston YMCA, 1225 Park Ave.; East Providence High School, 2000 Pawtucket Ave.; Providence Career and Technical Academy, 91 Fricker St.; South Kingstown High School, 215 Columbia St.; West Warwick High School, Webster Knight Dr. and Woonsocket High School, 777 Cass Ave.

Financial aid professionals will be available to provide hands-on assistance, offering line-by-line explanation of the FAFSA as well as guidance on the financial aid process and application deadlines

For additional information and to pre-register for the event, visit www.collegegoalri.org.

College Goal Rhode Island is part of the national College Goal Sunday program sponsored by the Rhode Island Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (RIASFAA) and Lumina Foundation for Education.


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