College Goal Sunday to provide financial aid help for students

By Chris Kieffer/NEMS Daily Journal

TUPELO – College-bound high school seniors will have several opportunities to get assistance filling out financial aid paperwork.
College Goal Sunday is an annual statewide event in which counselors and community college and university representatives help students and their families complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which is required when seeking grants and loans. Some scholarships also require the FAFSA to be completed.
Despite the event’s name, it doesn’t necessarily occur on a Sunday. This year, it will be held over several different days, including an event today at Tupelo High School from 12:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Community college and university staff will be in the THS media center today to help with the FAFSA application, the Lee County Tuition Grant application and state financial aid applications. It is open to all high school seniors and their families.
Itawamba Community College representatives also will help at several events scheduled on Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon at Aberdeen High School, Houston High School Vocational Center, Itawamba County School District Vocational Center and Okolona High School. Other events will be held at the Gilmore Foundation offices in Amory (Monday, 3 to 6:30 p.m.), at Smithville High School (Tuesday, 8 a.m. to noon), at Amory High School (Tuesday, 1 to 7 p.m.) and at Pontotoc Ridge Vocational Center (March 22, 3-7 p.m.).
A team of graduate students from the University of Mississippi have been visiting schools in north Mississippi throughout the week. On Saturday, they will visit South Panola High School and Holly Springs High School to help.
Blue Mountain College will hold an event on Saturday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. in room 217 of Fisher-Washburn Hall on campus. It is for all students interested in higher education, not just prospective BMC students.
Mantachie Attendance Center will offer a session on March 9 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. to help seniors and their parents fill out the FAFSA. Participants should ask counselor Meloney Lindsey for an appointment.
If available, students and their families should bring completed IRS 1040 tax returns, W-2 statements and information about any other 2010 income and benefits, untaxed income records for the previous year, driver’s license and registration card (if not a U.S. citizen).
chris.kieffer@journalinc.com