AU Hosts College Goal Sunday

Fri, 2006-01-27 10:02 -- univcomm
January 27, 2006

Anderson University will serve as a host site for College Goal Sunday, Sun., Feb. 12, at 2 p.m. in Reardon Auditorium. College Goal Sunday is a statewide charitable program that provides free information and assistance to Indiana families applying for college financial aid. College Goal Sunday will take place at 34 sites throughout the state of Indiana.

"College Goal Sunday helps students complete the financial aid paperwork that brings them one step closer to realizing their dreams of a college education," said Carl C. Dalstrom, president and CEO of USA Funds. "Consistent with our mission to enhance postsecondary education preparedness, access and success, USA Funds supports College Goal Sunday as a way to open the doors to higher learning for all deserving students."

College Goal Sunday mobilizes financial aid professionals, primarily from Indiana colleges and universities, to help families complete the Free Application for Federal Student Financial Aid (FAFSA). This form is required for any student seeking federal grants and loans at virtually any school in the country.

"The importance of a college education simply cannot be underestimated in this increasingly competitive world, marked by a constant technology revolution and the increasing challenges of a global economy," said Sara Cobb, Vice President for Education at Lilly Endowment, Inc.

Students who attend any of the College Goal Sunday sites and complete an evaluation form will automatically be entered in a drawing for an educational prize worth several hundred dollars. Three educational prizes, worth $300 each, will be awarded statewide – one for northern Indiana, one for central Indiana and one for southern Indiana. The winners will be notified in March; prizes will be sent directly to the higher education institutions selected by winning students.

"It is imperative that all who wish to attend college have the opportunity to do so," added Cobb. "College Goal Sunday can go a long way in dispelling erroneous ideas about financing college. It proves that college and university attendance—and success—is indeed a very real possibility."

"By helping first-generation college students secure financial aid, College Goal Sunday is helping them improve their own lives," said Martha D. Lamkin, president and CEO of the Lumina Foundation for Education. "The breakthrough can raise the potential for every generation after them. We are pleased to be a part of the effort."

Students 23 years of age or younger may attend with their parent(s) or guardian(s). Bring their parents’ completed IRS 1040 tax return, W-2 Form, or other 2002 income and benefits information. Students 24 years of age or older may attend alone and bring their own completed IRS 1040 tax return, W-2 Form, or other 2002 income and benefits information. Pens, pencils and FAFSA forms will be provided.

For more information, please about College Goal Sunday contact the Indiana Career and Postsecondary Advancement Association hotline toll-free at 1-800-992-2076 or the Anderson University Office of Financial Aid at 765-641-4180 or 1-800-421-1026. In addition, persons can visit College Goal Sunday through the World Wide Web at www.collegegoalsunday.org.

College Goal Sunday 2006 is a cooperative, charitable effort of the Indiana Student Financial Aid Association (ISFAA).The program is offered in cooperation with Learn More Resource Center, the State Student Assistance Commission of Indiana and The Twenty-first Century Scholars Program. It is funded by Lilly Endowment, Inc., Lumina Foundation for Education and USA Funds, three Indiana-based nonprofit organizations with a particular interest in higher education.

Anderson University is a four-year, private, Christian liberal arts institution of approximately 2,800 undergraduate and graduate students. Established in 1917 by the Church of God the university offers more than 60 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in theology, music, nursing, business, and education.