CMU College Goal Sunday Helps Families Pay For College

Jan 18th @ 7:36 am in Expo, Local Events, News, People, Public Service by Scott Staley

Grand JunctionColorado Mesa University will host the seventh annual College Goal Sunday on Feb. 10 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in rooms 202-204 of the classroom building at 1400 Houston Avenue. The national event will be held at 16 locations is Colorado. It aims to provide Colorado families with assistance in the financial aid process.

Families will receive free professional guidance on ways to pay for college, specifically how to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which is a crucial step in the college planning process.

The FAFSA must be completed for a student to receive any type of federal financial aid, including grants, work study, student loans and even many scholarships. Students are encouraged to submit their FAFSA as soon as possible after the first of the year to maximize their chances of receiving aid, because some funding is limited.

Families are encouraged to bring their 2012 federal tax records, to ensure they can work through the FAFSA during the time they have with financial aid experts. Spanish translators will be available at each of the College Goal Sunday sites.  In addition to free financial aid assistance, more than $20,000 in scholarships will be given away through the College Goal Sunday program. Go to for more information and ways to prepare for College Goal Sunday.

A comprehensive university located in the center of western Colorado, Colorado Mesa University provides exceptional educational opportunities on a state-of-the-art campus. As western Colorado’s largest university, Colorado Mesa serves students on its main campus in Grand Junction, its satellite campus in Montrose, its community college, Western Colorado Community College, and via online offerings.

Colorado Mesa University serves as the primary intellectual and cultural center in western Colorado and promotes the exchange of ideas that are of regional, national and international importance. Founded in 1925, it’s a dynamic university enrolling more than 9,000 students at the associate, baccalaureate and graduate levels.