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Event to help prospective college students, families apply for financial aid

February 6, 2012

EAU CLAIRE — Financial aid professionals from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire will be among those helping area high school seniors and their parents apply for financial aid during the seventh annual College Goal Wisconsin event Feb. 19.

The event will begin at 2 p.m. in the Business Education Center at Chippewa Valley Technical College, 620 W. Clairemont Ave., Eau Claire. Participants are instructed to use the entrance by parking lot P1 at the front of the building or P9 on the west side of the building.

Financial aid experts from UW-Eau Claire; CVTC; UW-Stout; UW-River Falls; the Ho-Chunk Nation, Great Lakes; the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction/WEOP; and area lending institutions will provide step-by-step help in completing and submitting the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. A $250 scholarship drawing also will be held for those in attendance.

College Goal Wisconsin is sponsored by the Wisconsin Association for Student Financial Aid Administrators and will be held at 29 locations statewide. It is designed to address the needs of low-income and first-generation college families who are completing the FAFSA, the first step for students to overcome financial burdens and pursue their goals of higher education. The message from organizers is that there is money available for college, so prospective students should not be discouraged.

Dependent students, those born after Jan. 1, 1988, should bring a parent along with completed federal income tax returns for 2011 (if filing) and W2 statements. If a parent isn't available, students should still attend. Last year, 1,094 college-bound students and their families received help at College Goal Wisconsin events statewide.

More information, including a list of materials students should bring to the event, is available online or by calling 866-578-4625.

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