news center

College Goal Sunday helps students and their families file for financial aid

Release Date: February 4, 2009

Southfield, Mich. - More than 500 volunteers will help college-bound Michigan students and their families complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) during statewide College Goal Sunday events on Sunday, Feb. 8.

Lawrence Technological University is one of 29 host sites in Michigan. Counselors will be available to assist students from 2-4 p.m. in M236 in the Buell Building on the campus at 21000 West Ten Mile Road in Southfield.

For additional information and a complete list of sites, go to www.micollegegoal.org. For information about the event at Lawrence Tech, call (248) 204-2280.

In order to participate in College Goal Sunday, first-time applicants need to request a PIN number by going to www.pin.ed.gov.

College Goal Sunday is a collaborative effort of the Michigan Guaranty Agency (MGA), the Michigan Student Financial Aid Association and EduGuide: Partnership for Learning. The program is designed to increase the number of Michigan students who continue education beyond high school and earn post-secondary degrees. The FAFSA is required for any student seeking financial aid including grants, loans and many scholarships.

Students should submit their FAFSA by the March 1 priority date so they are eligible for both state and federal financial aid programs.

On College Goal Sunday, financial aid experts will be available to guide students through each step of completing and filing the FAFSA. Students under 23 years of age are encouraged to attend with a parent or guardian. Parents and students should bring their families' completed 2008 IRS 1040 tax return (if possible) or their W-2 and 1099 forms. 

More than $6,000 in gifts and prizes will be handed out during College Goal Sunday events, including scholarships, a Dell laptop computer and Barnes & Noble gift cards. 

Additional support for College Goal Sunday was provided by the Great Lakes Higher Education Guaranty Corporation, the Lumina Foundation for Education and the National Association for Student Financial Aid Administrators.

Lawrence Technological University, ltu.edu, offers over 80 undergraduate, master's and doctoral degree programs in Colleges of Architecture and Design, Arts and Sciences, Engineering and Management. Founded in 1932, the 4,500-student, private university pioneered evening classes 75 years ago, and today has a growing number of weekend and online programs. Lawrence Tech's 102-acre campus is in Southfield, with education centers in Lansing, Livonia, Clinton Township, Traverse City and Petoskey. Lawrence Tech also offers programs with partner universities in Mexico, Europe, the Middle East and Asia.