Fourth Annual College Goal Sunday Held February 8
February 12, 2009
Mount Union College held its fourth annual College Goal Sunday on February 8. College Goal Sunday is a community event targeting first-time college students who need assistance with filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Mount Union was one of 40 campuses across Ohio to host this national event.
In support of College Goal Sunday’s efforts to help give every Ohio high school graduate an equal opportunity to go to college Governor Ted Strickland has declared February Financial Aid Awareness Month again this year.
For the event, the Office of Student Financial Services staff volunteered to provide counseling sessions for the participants. During these sessions volunteers provided free financial aid expertise to families overwhelmed with the rising cost of higher education. Guidance counselors and financial aid administrators were available to guide parents through the form, fill in tax and income information and navigate tricky situations.
Since 2006, Mount Union has hosted College Goal Sunday four times. Before 2009, the largest number of families participating was 24 in 2007. With the increased focus on applying for financial aid and the partnership with local high school guidance offices, the attendance this year grew to 67 families, totaling 127 people in attendance. Survey results from the day showed families were very appreciative of the time and guidance they received.