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NMJC to Host Federal Cash Assistance Event for Students

2/14/2009 6:59:05 p.m. - Hobbs, NM. For the third time in New Mexico, teens will be given a clear path to federal cash assistance for education after high school through an event known as College Goal Sunday.

On February 22, from 2-4 p.m., College Goal Sunday will bring financial aid experts and community volunteers together with students and their families at New Mexico Junior College in the Ben Alexander Student Learning Center, Room 202. There, potential students and their families will receive answers and assistance in filling out the necessary form, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), to get access to billions of dollars in federal and state funds available for college.

College Goal Sunday is a national initiative to overcome one of the main barriers to higher education: high cost. Across the country, College Goal Sunday connects students of all ages with financial assistance for school.

College Goal Sunday New Mexico is a free event for first-time college-bound students and their families. "At College Goal Sunday, we bring our high school students as well as all perspective first-time college-bound students together with the tools they need to apply for much-needed money for college," said Catherine Salcido, statewide coordinator for College Goal Sunday.

Through grants funded by the Lumina Foundation for Education, College Goal Sunday has assisted thousands of families in gaining access to higher education in 37 states.

For more information, please call the NMJC Financial Aid Office at 575.392.5172.

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