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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

Feb. 3, 2009

Northwest to host federal financial aid workshop

If you're a high school senior, or if your child is, now is the time to start thinking seriously about federal financial aid. A free event designed to assist college-bound high school students in the completion and filing of important financial aid documents will take place on the Northwest Missouri State University campus from 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 8, and all seniors and their families are urged to attend.

College Goal Sunday offers college-bound students and their families a chance to speak with financial aid experts, who will assist them in filling out the FAFSA -- the Free Application for Federal Student Aid.

The Northwest workshop will take place in Colden Hall, which is located near the center of campus just south of the J.W. Jones Student Union. Students and families visiting the campus for the first time should take 4th Street west from the courthouse square in Maryville, then turn north at the University's main south entrance and follow the signs.

Students attending the event who will be first-trimester freshmen in fall 2009 will have a chance to win a $500 scholarship that can be used at the college, university or post-secondary technical school of their choice.

The U.S. Department of Education makes more than $67 billion in post–secondary financial aid available every year to students nationwide. College Goal Sunday is one of the best ways to learn how to qualify for federal assistance. 

Families who bring completed 2007 income tax returns to College Goal Sunday will be able to finish the FAFSA. Those still working on their returns will receive important information about completing the FAFSA at home. 

For additional information and a complete list of College Goal Sunday locations in Missouri, go to

College Goal Sunday Fast Facts

  • One $500 scholarship will be given away at each College Goal Sunday location. Scholarship winner must be a first-semester freshman in the fall of 2008.
  • Students and their parents (or guardians) should plan to spend 30 minutes to an hour at College Goal Sunday. They will get help from a financial aid professional to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). 
  • Before the event, students and parents can register for a PIN (personal identification number), which is required for the electronic filing of the FAFSA, at
  • Families should bring their 2008 income tax returns and/or 2008 W–2 forms or their 2008 year–end pay stubs and 2006 tax returns.  
  • Families who have not completed their 2008 income tax forms will receive important information about finishing the FAFSA at home.  
  • Most colleges and vocational schools require the FAFSA to assess students’ financial need. 
  • Seven out of 10 full-time students receive some form of financial aid. Typically, financial aid covers about 40 percent of the costs for full–time students.  
  • About 20 percent of traditional-aged undergraduates come from families with incomes below $20,000 per year. 
  • A college degree is necessary to compete for the best jobs, and College Goal Sunday can help students get there. 

The College Goal Sunday program was created by the Indiana Student Financial Aid Association with funding from Lilly Endowment, Inc., and with supplemental support from the Lumina Foundation for Education. In Missouri, College Goal Sunday is a non-profit event coordinated by the Missouri Association of Student Financial Aid Personnel. Sponsors include the Missouri Department of Higher Education, Missouri Higher Education Loan Authority and the Lumina Foundation for Education.

For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Media Relations Specialist | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
215 Administration Building | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468