This weekend NJIT will once again open its doors for College Goal Sunday, a day-long, free public financial aid workshop to help low-income high school seniors and their parents navigate the often confusing world of financial aid opportunities. First-generation students have benefitted from this event in the past.
Although walk-ins are welcome, advance registration is desirable. For more information, call Monique Paden Hutchinson, at (973) 596-3682. Hutchinson, who organized the event, is assistant director of NJIT’s Center for Pre-College Programs.
Two separate workshops one conducted in English and one in Spanish will be offered Feb. 8, 2009 (snow date: Feb 15, 2009) from 1-4 p.m., in NJIT’s Campus Center Ballroom. Computers will be 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 submit these forms online. Spanish-speaking administrators will be available to assist. Filing an online application is not the only way to submit the FAFSA, although it is the best way to receive the fastest response.
“It is important to reach out to this community of students who need help. Filing the FAFSA is a start towards making education accessible. 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 options will be discussed and explained.”
A panel of financial aid experts will be on hand to answer other questions, complete state forms, explain financial aid eligibility and ways to finance a college education. There will also be door prizes, including a scholarship raffle.
“College Goal Sunday is a terrific way to help families navigate the online system,” Hutchinson said. “The aid process can produce anxiety – college tuition is expensive – but we make it easy for parents and students.”