• Get free help in filing for financial fid at UWA Saturday Game Plan event Feb. 19

    Posted: January 26, 2011

    Author: Kent Partridge

    LIVINGSTON, Ala.-- Financial aid professionals will volunteer their time and talents on Feb. 19 as the University of West Alabama hosts UWA Saturday Game Plan in association with College Goal Sunday. UWA Saturday Game Plan, as well as the nation-wide College Goal Sunday program, is focused on assisting college-bound students and their families in opening the door to financial aid.

    The free program is designed to assist Alabama high school seniors seeking undergraduate admission to a college or technical school in 2011 in filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA is required for students to be considered for federal and state grants, loans and scholarships at most colleges, universities and vocational/technical schools nationwide. Current college students must also file the FAFSA and are welcome to participate in UWA Game Plan Saturday.

    “This is something we are proud to host on the UWA campus,” said Dr. Martha Hocutt, UWA’s dean of online programs and event coordinator. “We are happy to assist students in taking the step toward a brighter future through higher education opportunities.”

    Students and their parents or legal guardians have the opportunity to participate in either a morning or afternoon session at UWA Game Plan Saturday. The sessions begin at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. at UWA’s Bell Conference Center. A complimentary lunch for participants in both sessions will be served at 11:30 a.m. Each student will also receive a College Goal Sunday goody bag filled with free stuff.

    Following registration, instructions and opening remarks, each session will be split into groups to receive assistance in filing the FAFSA from computer labs in Bibb Graves Hall and the Tutwiler Library. Groups will be divided depending on the type tax form that they have filed. In addition, UWA’s College of Business will make tax professionals available, free of charge, to assist students and parents/guardians who have not yet filed their income tax forms to confidentially do so.

    Now in its 22nd year and its first in Alabama, College Goal Sunday has helped thousands of students and families complete the FAFSA properly and on time, opening the door to financial aid for college. Students attending UWA Saturday Game Plan, in association with College Goal Sunday, will qualify for a chance to win exciting prizes. To enter the drawing, students must attend the event and submit a completed evaluation form. 

    To make filing the FAFSA easier, volunteers walk through the form line-by-line and answer families’ individual questions. All UWA computer labs offer FAFSA online capabilities. Event site information is also available at www.collegegoalalabama.org or www.facebook.com/bamacollegegoal.

    Before coming to the event, students and parents need to apply for a U.S. Department of Education Personal Identification Numbers (PIN) at www.pin.ed.gov. 

    What students and parents should bring: 

    Students should attend with their parent(s) or guardian(s) and bring their parents’ completed 2010 IRS 1040 tax returns, W-2 Forms and other 2010 income and benefits information. Students who worked last year should bring their income information. Students 24 years of age or older may attend alone and bring their own completed 2010 IRS 1040 tax return, W-2 Form or other 2010 income and benefits information.  

    For additional information, please contact Kent Partridge at (205) 652-5442 or kpartridge@uwa.edu.  




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