Score financial aid during College Goal Sunday on Feb. 23 at CG Center

CASA GRANDE, Ariz. - In continuing its efforts to assist students in making college more affordable, Central Arizona College will once again participate in College Goal Sunday, Feb. 23, from 2-4 p.m. at CAC's Casa Grande Center, located at the intersection of Florence Boulevard and Trekell Road.

The event is part of a national workshop, coordinated locally by the Arizona Commission for Postsecondary Education, designed to help students complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Completing financial aid and student loan forms may seem like a daunting task but Central Arizona College's financial aid staff will be available to help students and their families complete an online FAFSA. Spanish-language speakers also will be available to assist.

"Applying for financial aid online is what we strongly encourage," Elisa Juarez, Central Arizona College's director of financial aid, explains. "College Goal Sunday is a terrific program where financial aid professionals help students and parents complete the federal student aid application process."

While there is plenty of funding for higher education available, even the most meticulous individuals can be intimidated by the mounds of paperwork.

"Federal aid funds are still available for the spring and summer semesters," Juarez says. "It can be a tedious process, but once the data is received, the outcome is usually positive. We are here to help the students with that process."

Students are encouraged to contact Central Arizona College by email (finaid@centralaz.edu) or by phone (520-494-5425 / 800-237-9814 ext. 5429) for help in completing the forms.

"We provide a lot of online counseling through email," Juarez says.

Financial aid and student loan options are federally assisted programs such as the Federal Pell Grant program, the Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant, Federal Workstudy, the Federal Stafford Loan, and the Federal Plus Loan for parents.

If the financial aid allocation exceeds the cost due to the institution, then the student will receive the extra money to use for other educational expenses.

To avoid the common frustrations experienced when completing financial aid forms, make sure the following is available before getting started:

• Any income information
• Federal tax returns
• W-2 forms
• Social Security card
• CAC's Title IV School Code (007283)

Students applying for financial aid for the 2014-15 academic year must use their 2013 income information.

For more information on the College Goal Sunday program, locations, what students should bring and other information, check out the event's website at http://www.collegegoalsunday.com/.

Central Arizona College - District Office 8470 N. Overfield Road, Coolidge, AZ 85128 Phone: 800-237-9814