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College Goal Oregon offers financial aid assistance events at 40 sites statewide

Students and families across the state have the opportunity to access free, on-site help with completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) this winter, through College Goal Oregon (CGO). Free events are being offered at 40 sites statewide in January and February of 2015; for details visit www.CollegeGoalOregon.gov.

College Goal Oregon offers financial aid assistance events at 40 sites statewide 
 In January and February, students and families can access free assistance with the FAFSA

Eugene, OR | Students and families across the state have the opportunity to access free, on-site help with completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) this winter, through College Goal Oregon (CGO). Free events are being offered at 40 sites statewide in January and February of 2015; for details visit www.CollegeGoalOregon.gov. Students are encouraged to fill out their FAFSA forms as soon as possible starting January 1 after the application opens, since the form determines financial need for purposes of federal, state and campus-based financial aid including the Oregon Opportunity Grant and the Oregon Promise.”

College Goal Oregon (CGO) events are organized by the Higher Education Coordinating Commission, Office of Student Access and Completion (OSAC). Oregon’s month-long series of events is part of the national College Goal Sunday program organized by the National College Access Network to help students access millions of available financial aid dollars. OSAC has coordinated the Oregon program for more than 11 years in partnership with schools and organizations across the state.

Bob Brew, executive director of OSAC, said ” Oregon’s CGO events are a terrific opportunity for students to get hands-on assistance with filing their FAFSA early so they can take advantage of all available financial aid options. Oregon has volunteers lined up to help, and we encourage students and families to come with all their questions.”

Attendees in Oregon will receive information on navigating through the steps to apply for financial aid, learning about scholarship opportunities, completing the FAFSA, and other postsecondary education financial aid challenges. The education is provided by trained volunteers and financial aid experts.

Students should bring their parents or guardians to the event, if possible, and the tax returns of both parents and the student. Visit www.CollegeGoalOregon.gov for specific dates, locations, and types of documents to bring. Students and parents should also create a Federal Student Aid (FSA) ID before the event. For more information about creating a FSA ID please visit studentaid.ed.gov.

The College Goal Oregon events are an important component of Oregon’s year-round FAFSA completion initiative to help students and their families become aware of the FAFSA, and to get direct assistance on applying for aid to support their postsecondary education goals. For more information on OSAC programs, go to www.OregonStudentAid.gov.  Those interested in volunteering at a College Goal Oregon event may visit www.CollegeGoalOregon.gov to find a location and contact the College Goal Oregon Coordinator directly.

College Goal Oregon Locations
Forty sites are hosting this free financial aid event at locations below. Visit www.CollegeGoalOregon.govfor dates and more event details.
  • Alternative Pathways, Portland
  • Arts and Technology High School, Wilsonville
  • Astoria High School, Astoria
  • Beaverton High School, Beaverton
  • Bonanza High School, Bonanza
  • Burns High School, Burns
  • Chemeketa Community College, Salem
  • Crook County High School, Prineville
  • Eddyville Charter School, Eddyville
  • Echo High School, Echo
  • Franklin High School, Portland
  • Grants Pass High School, Grants Pass
  • Gresham High School, Gresham
  • Heppner High School, Heppner
  • Hermiston High School, Hermiston
  • Hidden Valley High School, Grants Pass
  • Hood River Valley High School, Hood River
  • Lane Community College, Eugene
  • Lost River Jr/Sr High School, Lost River
  • Milwaukie High School, Milwaukie
  • Neah-kah-nie High School, Rockaway Beach
  • Newberg High School, Newberg
  • North Valley High School, Grants Pass
  • Open Door Christian Academy, Troutdale
  • Oregon Coast Community College, Newport
  • Pendleton High School, Pendleton
  • Ridgeview High School, Redmond
  • Seaside High School, Seaside
  • Sherwood High School, Sherwood
  • South Albany High School, Albany
  • Sprague High School, Salem
  • Stanfield Secondary School, Stanfield
  • Sutherlin High School, Sutherlin
  • Thurston High School, Springfield
  • Tillamook High School, Tillamook
  • Umatilla High School, Umatilla
  • Westview High School, Beaverton
  • Willamette High School, Eugene
  • Yamhill Carlton High School, Yamhill
  • Yoncalla High School, Yoncalla

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