~Students received FREE expert advice and help completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid~

Tampa, FL- Thirty-six organizations came together to host College Goal Sunday Florida on January 31, 2010 from 2pm-5pm at thirty-six locations throughout the state. The one-day event is designed to help limited-income college-bound students pay for college by helping them complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online. “We have seen a tremendous response from community organizations and leaders throughout Florida who have offered to help in this initiative,” said Braulio Colón, assistant director for ENLACE Florida. “These organizations know the challenges many students face preparing for college and have all come together to help students and families successfully complete a form that can be very intimidating,” said Colón. The form known as the FAFSA, is used to apply for federal student aid such as the Pell grant, work-study aid, and loans. A report released by the Florida Board of Governors in 2009 concluded that nearly a quarter of eligible undergraduate students statewide who are eligible for Pell grants failed to obtain them. “College Goal Sunday is an event designed to reach the most vulnerable families and students by providing free expert assistance completing the appropriate forms at a location in their community,” said Colón. The FAFSA also helps students become eligible for most state and some private aid. For more information on College Goal Sunday, please visit: www.collegegoalsundayflorida.org

College Goal Sunday Florida is coordinated by ENLACE Florida with support from the National YMCA, Lumina Foundation for Education, and USA Funds.

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