Families with children who are seeking to enter a Michigan college can receive help completing their college financial aid forms at UM-Dearborn on Sunday, Feb. 14.

February 11, 2010

DEARBORN / Feb. 11, 2010---Families with children who are seeking to enter a Michigan college can receive help completing their college financial aid forms at the University of Michigan-Dearborn on Sunday, Feb. 14.

The event, called College Goal Sunday, will take place from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the campusís Fairlane Center South Building, located at 19000 Hubbard Drive.

UM-Dearborn also will host an event specifically for foster youth from 2 p.m. to 4 pm. on Sunday, Feb. 21 at the Fairlane Center.  In addition to FAFSA completion, state and agency officials who help administer educational programs for foster youth will be in hand to participate in a panel discussion and provide information.  

College Goal Sunday will serve 29 Michigan communities this year. This is UM-Dearbornís sixth year participating in the national program, and its second year hosting the foster youth program.

"Families are often intimidated by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and make the mistake of delaying the application, or not applying at all," said Sally Foster, senior financial aid officer. "Completing the FAFSA is one of the first steps that a student can take to help maximize the opportunity for financial aid."

Financial aid professionals from UM-Dearborn's Office of Financial Aid will join representatives from other area colleges to help students and their families complete the FAFSA online.

Completed at the secure federal Web site www.fafsa.ed.gov, the FAFSA is the primary means to determine eligibility for most loans, grants and other aid nationwide, according to Foster. To complete the FAFSA, parents or students should bring their family's most recent tax return, if possible, and their 2009 W-2 forms and other income records as well as information on the value of savings and checking accounts and investments. Students younger than 23 years old are encouraged to attend with a parent or guardian.

For more information about the College Goal Sunday event, visit http://www.micollegegoal.org/ or call UM-Dearbornís Office of Financial Aid at 313-593-5300 for more information.



About University of Michigan-Dearborn
The University of Michigan-Dearborn is celebrating its 50th anniversary throughout the 2009/2010 academic year. Founded in 1959 with a gift of just over 200 acres of land and $6.5 million from the Ford Motor Company, UM-Dearborn has been distinguished by its commitment to providing excellent educational opportunities responsive to the needs of southeastern Michigan. The university has 8,700 students pursuing undergraduate, masterís, doctoral and professional degrees in the liberal arts and sciences, engineering, business, education, and public administration. With a faculty devoted to teaching, and students committed to achievement, UM-Dearborn has been shaped by its history of interaction with business, government and industry in southeastern Michigan, and is committed to responding to the needs of the region in the future.


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