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College Goal Sunday Helps Future Students Prepare FAFSA Forms

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CLARKSBURG -

The College Foundation of West Virginia hosted College Goal Sunday at multiple locations.

Fairmont State University hosted its event at the Gaston Caperton Center in Clarksburg.

College Goal Sunday is designed to help future college students get prepared by helping them complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA.

Kaye Widney, the vice-president of student services at Fairmont State, said the form can be difficult to fill out if you haven't done it before.

"A lot of people find that document to be a little bit intimidating, when in fact it can be pretty straightforward especially if you have someone familiar with the document helping you through it. This is just an opportunity for those families to come and get help in a timely manner," explained Widney.

Students also attended the event at West Virginia University.

"Completing the FAFSA is a crucial step in finding financial aid for college," Brian Weingart, Senior Director of Financial Aid at the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission, said.

The College Foundation of West Virginia coordinated the event, and urges anyone who is planning to pursue some form of education beyond high school within the next year, to apply for the FAFSA.

"Students must submit this form in order to be considered for a variety of financial aid programs, including state and federal grants, scholarships and loans," said Weingart.

The event was held at 25 different locations across the state. The event was made possible through the volunteer efforts and resources of public and non-profit organizations and businesses across the state.