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CVTC to Host Financial Aid Seminar for High School Seniors

Area high school seniors and their parents are invited to come to Chippewa Valley Technical College in Eau Claire Sunday, Feb. 19, to receive expert advice on how to apply for financial aid for college.

The seventh annual “College Goal Wisconsin” event will feature financial aid experts from CVTC, the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, UW-Stout and UW-River Falls, helping area high school seniors and their parents apply for financial aid.

“College Goal Wisconsin” will begin at 2 p.m. at CVTC’s Business Education Center, 620 W. Clairemont Ave.  Participants should use the main entrance at the front of the building. They can park in Lot P1 immediately next to the main entrance or in Lot P9 on the west side of the building.

In addition to the college financial aid officials, representatives of the Ho-Chunk Nation, the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, and area lending institutions will be on hand to provide step-by-step help in completing and submitting the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, commonly known as FAFSA.

A $250 scholarship drawing also will be held for those in attendance.

College Goal Wisconsin is sponsored by the Wisconsin Association for Student Financial Aid Administrators and will be held at 29 locations throughout the state on Sunday.  The event is designed to address the needs of low-income and first-generation college families who are completing the FAFSA, the first step for students to overcome financial burdens and pursue their goals of higher education. The message from organizers is that there is money available for college, so prospective students should not be discouraged.

Dependent students, those born after Jan. 1, 1988, should be accompanied by a parent, and they should bring along their completed federal income tax returns for 2011 (if filing) and their W2 tax statements.  Students are welcome to attend even if a parent isn't available. 

Last year, 1,094 college-bound students and their families received help at College Goal Wisconsin events statewide.

More information, including a list of materials students should bring to the event, is available online by calling 866-578-4625.