POINT PLEASANT — It’s very easy to be intimidated by all the paperwork required when one prepares for college.
For anyone who finds themselves in this category, there is help available. From 1-4 p.m. on Feb. 12, Marshall University, Mid-Ohio Valley Center (MOVC) in Point Pleasant is holding a program entitled “College Goal Sunday.” According to Roxanne Smith, coordinator for the Mason county branch of “College Goal Sunday,” this program is both for students and their families who wish to receive free and confidential support in filing the Federal Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA. Experts will be available to help one complete the FAFSA for the upcoming school year, and they will also be able to provide additional information regarding other financial aid resources.
This year, there will be 19 different locations all around W. Va. that will hold “College Goal Sunday.” Pre-registration is available online. Pre-registration is not required, but one can receive email updates regarding this program and other financial aid deadlines, in addition to saving time on the actual day of the event.
Those who take part in “College Goal Sunday” will also have a chance to win a few door prizes. Each “College Goal Sunday” location will give away an Apple iPad. Other donations for door prizes are also welcome, such as pens, pencils, notepads, t-shirts, and tote bags. If an organization would like to make a donation, your organization’s name will be added to the donors list, and the MOVC is happy to provide information about your organization in the information packets, and on the CGS website. The MOVC are also in need of some volunteers as well. Volunteers will be provided with refreshments and a CGS t-shirt. One can also sign up to volunteer online.
Not only will there be assistance with the FAFSA, there will also be individuals from Volunteer Information Tax Assistance (VITA) to provide help with filing income taxes. Assistance for income tax filing is even available to those who do not need help in completing the FAFSA. Individuals can get help to file their taxes via E-File, in order to receive their return more quickly. It was reported that last year, West Virginians saved at least $200 in fees by using VITA. For more information about VITA, visit www.wveitc.com.
For more information regarding “College Goal Sunday,” whether it is registering, volunteering, or other general information, visit www.cfwv.com.