NMJC to Host Event to Help New Students Find Money for College
2/11/2010 12:51:59 a.m. - Hobbs, NM. For the third consecutive year, New Mexico Junior College will host College Goal Sunday, a free workshop designed to help college-bound students and their families complete their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and understand the financial aid opportunities available to them. The workshop will be held on Sunday, February 21, from 2-4 pm in the Training & Outreach Facility, Room 122 at NMJC.
College Goal Sunday is a national initiative designed to help students 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. NMJC is one of only 35 sites in the state of New Mexico that will be hosting the event.
At the workshop, students can visit one-on-one with FAFSA experts and professionals who will answer all questions and help students begin the process that will start them on the path to their college degrees. Spanish-speaking FAFSA professionals will also be available at the event.
According to Dr. Michele Clingman, Dean of Enrollment Management, the purpose of College Goal Sunday is to bring students who want to go to college together with the tools they need in order to apply for the money that will help pay for their education. “We want to help students and their families get the answers and assistance they need in filling out the FAFSA, which in turn will give them access to the billions of dollars in federal and state funds that are available for college,” she said. “Taking advantage of an event such as this an important step in giving students a clear path to federal cash assistance that can pay for their education.”
All information reviewed by the College Goal Sunday volunteers will be kept private and confidential and will not be used for any purpose other than helping the students and families apply for financial aid.
Parents and students should bring their latest tax information and W2 forms from the previous year in order to complete the form. The FAFSA allows families to estimate their financial information, which can be corrected after their taxes have been completed.
For additional information and a complete list of what students and/or parents need to bring, please call the NMJC Financial Aid Office at (575) 392-5172.