| Springfield community members are joining together to volunteer their time for the third annual Massachusetts College Goal Sunday, a free-to-the-public, charitable effort to bring families of college-bound students together with financial aid professionals from colleges and universities across Massachusetts. The event aims to eliminate the information gap on the availability of financial aid for families, including those in low income brackets and minority communities, and first-generation and non-traditional college applicants, walking students and their families through completion of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by means of a detailed presentation and one-on-one assistance. |
The following Springfield Community members are closely involved in the planning and direction of this year's event:
Allene Curto is serving as a Steering Committee Member for Massachusetts College Goal Sunday. Curto is a Springfield resident and is the Associate Director of Financial Aid at Springfield College.
Gail Holt is serving as a Chair for the 2007 Massachusetts College Goal Sunday program. Holt is a resident of Longmeadow and is the Senior Associate Director of Financial Aid at Mount Holyoke College.
Martha Johnston is a Co-Site Coordinator for the Springfield College Goal Sunday event. Johnston is a resident of Springfield and is Assistant Vice President of Education Finance at Citizen's Bank.
Nitza Martinez is a Co-Site Coordinator for the Springfield College Goal Sunday event. Martinez is a Springfield resident and is an Academic Counselor at Springfield Technical Community College.
Donna Wood-Lozier will serve as a Site Coordinator for the Holyoke College Goal Sunday event. Wood-Lozier is a resident of Springfield and is the Assistant Director of Financial Aid at Springfield College.
Springfield's local College Goal Sunday event will be held at Springfield Technical Community College on January 28, 2007 at 2 p.m. A College Goal Sunday event will also be held in Holyoke at Holyoke Community College at 2 p.m. on the same date.
The Massachusetts College Goal Sunday mission is to:
Provide free on-site help to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), the federally required form for seeking financial aid
Educate low-income, first-generation and adult students that college is a viable option
Increase the number and quality of FAFSAs filed in Massachusetts, and ultimately the amount of financial aid provided to the state's students
This one-day event, taking place at 17 locations across the state on Jan. 2, will help college-bound students take the first step in applying for college by participating in a two-hour moderated session that will lead to a completed FAFSA. Financial aid professionals from colleges and universities all over the state, together with partners and sponsors interested in helping students, will be on hand to assist families. Each Massachusetts College Goal Sunday site will offer detailed instruction in completing the FAFSA, educational prize drawings, giveaways and one-on-one assistance from financial aid experts. Attendees are also eligible to win a $500 scholarship.
For more information about Massachusetts College Goal Sunday, please visit at www.masscollegegoalsunday.org.