For Immediate Release: May 10, 2013
Contact: Annette Barnette
Public Relations & Marketing Director
Glenville State College
Glenville, WV – Plans are being made for another free financial aid workshop at Glenville State College and other locations around the state. It has been only a few weeks since thousands of students attended College Goal Sunday. Both high school students and students already enrolled in college participated in this event at 23 locations throughout West Virginia. More than 70 students from Braxton, Calhoun, Gilmer, Lewis, and other counties attended the session held at GSC.
The key goal of College Goal Sunday was to encourage students to complete their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form. Thirty-three FAFSAs were completed at GSC that day for students.
The GSC Financial Aid Department was available to give attendees hands-on help and walk them through the process. “I feel like it was very successful. If the students enroll at GSC or even another institution, the event still increases awareness and gets more students completing their FAFSAs.” said GSC Financial Aid Director Karen Lay.
West Virginia Gear Up Central Regional Coordinator Jason Luyster said, “I thought this year’s College Goal Sunday event was our best one yet. We once again had an increase in attendance and overall participation, which continues to show that there is a need for this type of event. There are a lot of people out there who have a lot of questions and concerns when it comes to filling out the FAFSA. The joy on the faces of everyone involved including the students, their parents, and all of our CGS volunteers when FAFSAs were complete because they are one step closer to achieving a higher education is priceless.”
Those attending the event at Glenville State College were entered into a drawing for an iPad door prize. The winner of the door prize was Christina Jenkins, a Gilmer County High School Student who came to GSC for help with her financial aid as she prepares for her future.
The GSC Financial Aid Department is open all year long, and students as well as their parents with questions or concerns are encouraged to contact that office at (304) 462-4130.