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High School Seniors and Families Urged to Attend "College Goal Sunday"

February 6, 2012

LANSING, Mich. - Football isn't the only big Sunday event this month. High school seniors can score big bucks for their higher education goals by attending College Goal Sunday. Education advocates say students lose out on thousands of dollars for college every year, because they don't take the time to do the proper paperwork. That's why on Sunday, Feb. 12, volunteers will be on hand at locations throughout the state to help families fill out the free application for federal student aid.

Bryan Taylor, founder of EduGuide, says the sooner the form is completed, the better.

"By putting it off they put themselves at the back of the line for college cash. That's why we try to encourage everyone to complete that form as soon as possible, starting in February, and we're there to help them do it."

The deadline for completing and submitting the application is March 1.

Taylor says many students and families do not bother to fill out the forms because they find them overwhelming, or because they think they'll be ineligible for scholarships or loans. He says the opposite is true.

"Research shows that the more likely you think you are to not get anything, the more likely you are to be eligible for significant financial aid."

College Goal Sunday events will take place at dozens of sites across the state. A full list can be found at www.micollegegoal.org.

Mona Shand, Public News Service - MI