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Free Help to Families Applying for College Financial Aid

College Goal Sunday, which provides free help to families applying for college financial aid, will take place at 2:00 pm January 31 at 21 sites across Kentucky. In Paducah, the program will be held in Room 101 of Crounse Hall, the engineering building of West Kentucky Community and Technical College.

Financial aid professionals will help students and families complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, a form students must submit to receive federal and state financial aid. To increase chances of receiving aid, students must apply before March 15.

The Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority said it awarded nearly $195 million in higher education grants and scholarships to more than 123,000 students in the 2008-09 academic year.

Students are encouraged to attend College Goal Sunday with a parent or guardian and bring their and their parents complete 2009 IRS 1040 tax returns and any other 2009 income and benefits information. If families havent completed their taxes, financial aid professionals will be able to help fill out the rest of the student aid form and give instructions for the financial portion. Pens, pencils and aid form worksheets will be provided.