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Contact Information: Tanya Klein Public Relations 973-596-3433

NJIT Offers Free College Financial Aid Workshop for High School Seniors and Parents

NJIT will once again open its doors for College Goal Sunday, a free financial aid workshop designed to help lower-income high school seniors and their parents navigate the sometimes confusing world of financial aid opportunities for college-bound students.  

This year’s event, set for Feb. 10, 2008 (rain date Feb. 17) from 1-4 p.m., will be held in NJIT’s Campus Center Ballroom. Parents and students will find financial aid officers readily available to assist in completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), specifically those parents who apply for federal and state aid assistance. By completing the FAFSA, students will be considered for both state and federal aid. Financial aid officers will also discuss how financial aid eligibility is determined and how families can make plans to finance a college education.   

“The aid process produces a lot of anxiety – college tuition is expensive.  But we’ll try to make it as easy as possible for parents and students.  College Goal Sunday is a terrific way to help families navigate the online system,” said Monique Paden Hutchinson, assistant director of NJIT’s Center for Pre-College Programs and organizer of event. 

Students and families interested in attending the event should register at www.njcollegegoalsunday.org. Door prizes will be offered as incentive for participating students and families.

Two separate workshops, one conducted in English and one in Spanish, will be offered at 1 p.m.  A panel of financial aid experts will be available to answer questions. Although the workshops are free and open to the public, those who plan to attend must register online at www.njcollegegoalsunday.org.

Computers will be made available to anyone registering for a pin number to obtain the federal government’s Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).  Participants are urged to obtain a pin number and submit their FAFSA forms online.   Spanish-speaking administrators will be available to assist.   Filing an online application is not the only way to submit the FAFSA but will receive the fastest response. 

“Money, or the lack of it, should never prevent a student from attending college,” said Ivon Nunez, director of student financial aid services at NJIT. “There are many kinds of financial aid and many ways to finance a college education. All of those options will be discussed and explained during the workshops.”  

For more information about the event, call Ms. Hutchinson at 973-596-3682

One of the nation's leading public technological universities, New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) is a top-tier research university that prepares students to become leaders in the technology-dependent economy of the 21st century. NJIT's multidisciplinary curriculum and computing-intensive approach to education provide technological proficiency, business acumen and leadership skills. With an enrollment of more than 10,000 graduate and undergraduate students, NJIT offers small-campus intimacy with the resources of a major public research university. NJIT is a global leader in such fields as solar research, nanotechnology, resilient design, tissue engineering, and cyber-security, in addition to others. NJIT ranks 5th among U.S. polytechnic universities in research expenditures, topping $110 million, and is among the top 1 percent of public colleges and universities in return on educational investment, according to PayScale.com.