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Montana Western hosts College Goal Sunday

UMW News Bureau

Visit the Montana Western campus Feb. 18 or 22 to receive valuable financial aid training. College can be affordable when you know where to look to find ways to cover costs. Let UMW's trained professionals help you get the financial aid you need. If you’re preparing for college, you need to be on the University of Montana Western campus Feb. 18 or 22. Montana Western is hosting College Goal Sunday, a program that helps both students and parents understand and obtain financial aid.  College Goal Sunday will be Wednesday, Feb. 18 from 4 to 8 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 22, from 1 to 4 p.m. in the Swysgood Technology Center computer labs on the Montana Western campus in Dillon, Mont.  The event is free and open to the community as well as Montana Western students. Come and get your college financial aid questions answered. College Goal Sunday was organized by the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators as an effort to help students and families prepare for college financially.  The primary focus of the event is to walk students through filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Financial aid staff members and volunteers will be on hand to answer questions and assist in the process.  The FAFSA requires exact information from both parents and students. Filing a FAFSA is the first step to applying for financial aid. Participants should bring in their tax return forms and W-2s. If these documents are unavailable, attending College Goal Sunday still offers a great opportunity for participants to ask questions that will help them later when they do file their FAFSA. This event will help students meet the FAFSA filing deadline of March 1. This deadline gives students the best chance of receiving the most financial aid, though they can still apply year round. For more information on this event, visit  Montana Western coordinators Jeanne Meier-Fransisconi and Sara Juran are looking for people who have experience filling out the FAFSA and for students to greet participants and help file initial paperwork.  Those interested should contact Sara Juran at, (406) 683-7143; or Jeanna Meier-Francisconi at, (406) 683-7314.