If you are headed to college there are several important decisions and tasks you must complete before actually going to college.
The initial steps are:
- Get admitted to college by completing an admission application
- Pay the admission application fee
- Send your official transcript to the college you want to attend
- Some schools require more (scholarship application, written essay and a interview)
I always recommend that before a student actually attends a college they should set up a campus visit and tour the campus and residence halls. Sometimes viewing the campus photos in the catalog or online sometimes is different from actually physically going to visit. Plus if students are going to live on campus they are definitely going to want to see the condition of the residence halls on campus.
In my opinion one of the most important steps that will need to be completed is financial aid. For the last 13 years I have assisted high school seniors and adults with the financial aid process and to say the least it can be very intimidating for students and their families. One thing is for sure; a student can get admitted to the college of their choice and visit the campus. However, if the student does not have the funds to pay for tuition, fees, books and room and board they will not be able attend.
Here is where the College Goal Sunday Program is useful. Each year students and their families can attend this event, which will help them complete the FAFSA. FAFSA stands for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. The FAFSA process is all completed electronically.
In many circumstances, the form and the process are complicated. There are terms and questions that students and parents are not accustomed to hearing or reading. College Goal Sunday exists to eliminate this barrier in the college process.
The atmosphere is great for the students and their parents. The students high school counselor or a college prep program like TRIO-Upward Bound, GEAR UP or AVID or any other program or service who serves students and adults will inform students.
Once students register they attend the event. In my area light snacks are served in one room, students sign in and a computer lab is available. The parents and students meet with a financial aid expert at the computer and the FAFSA is completed.
Students, particularly if they are attending without a parent, will need to bring the following information:
- Social Security number (can be found on Social Security card) Driver's license (if any)
- 2012 income tax return (if completed)
- 2012 W-2 Forms and other records of money earned
- 2012 untaxed income records - Social Security, Temporary Assistance to Needy Families, welfare, or veterans benefits records
- Your latest bank statement
- 2012 business and investment mortgage information, business and farm records, stock, bond, and other investment records
- Your alien registration card (if you are not a U.S. citizen)
The College Goal Sunday Program is highly recommended and the attendance rates are very high. If you happen to be a high school student or a returning adult who intends on going to college you will need to look for this event to assist you. Just go to collegegoalsundayusa.org and put in your location and you will be informed of the dates, location and time of the event in your area.
The Wichita, Ks and state of Kansas events will be held on February 24, 2013 from 2pm to 4pm at the following locations:
Cowley County Community College
125 S 2nd St.
1020 N 2nd Street
Cloud County Community College
2221 Campus Drive
Dodge City Community College
210 Science and Math Bldg., Academic Success Center
2501 North 14th Ave.
Butler County Community College
901 S. Haverhill Road
Emporia High School
3302 W. 18th Avenue
Garden City High School
2720 Buffalo Way
Great Bend High School
2027 Morton Street
Thomas More Prep-Marian High School
1701 Hall Street
Hutchinson Community College and Area Vocational School
Parker Student Union
1300 N. Plum
Allen County Community College
Student Success Center
1801 N. Cottonwood
Kansas City, Kansas
Kansas City Kansas Community College
Upper Jewell Building
7250 State Avenue
University of Kansas
Joseph R. Pearson Hall, Room 102
1122 West Campus Road
Seward County Community College
1801 N. Kansas Avenue
Manhattan High School - West Campus
2100 Poyntz Ave.
MidAmerica Nazarene University
14180 S. Mur-Len Road
Johnson County Community College
Student Success Center
2nd Floor, Student Center Building
12345 College Boulevard
Pittsburg State University
Horace Mann Hall, Student Welcoming Center
1701 S. Broadway Street
Salina Area Technical College
2562 Centennial Road
Henderson Learning Resources Center, Room 100
1850 SW Jewell Avenue
Wichita Evergreen City Hall
2700 N. Woodland
Olive White Garvey Business and Technology Building
2100 W University Ave