This February, students and their parents can have one-on-one, expert advice in learning about financial aid and planning for college during the upcoming statewide event, College Goal SundaySM.
On Sunday, Feb. 8, students and their families can attend College Goal Sunday and visit with financial aid counselors and college staff in person from 2-4 p.m., at campuses across the state. In a single afternoon, students and their families can become familiar with college entrance requirements, learn about planning for college and obtain on-site assistance in filling out financial aid application forms. (Those interested in this service should bring their latest tax information to the event.) In addition, valuable information will be shared about the benefits of attending college, student support services, areas of study and different degree programs.
More than 30 higher education institutions are participating in College Goal Sunday, including Cameron University, Lawton; Connors State College, Warner; East Central University, Ada and at the Ardmore Higher Education Center; Langston University, Oklahoma City and Tulsa campuses; Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College, Miami and Grove campuses; Northeastern State University, Tahlequah and Broken Arrow campuses; Northern Oklahoma College, Tonkawa and Enid campuses; Northwestern Oklahoma State University, Alva; and Oklahoma Panhandle State University, Goodwell.
Also participating are Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, Tulsa, Okmulgee and Oklahoma City campuses; Oral Roberts University, Tulsa; Platt College, Oklahoma City and Tulsa campuses; Rogers State University, Claremore; Rose State College with Eastern Oklahoma County and Mid-Del Technical Centers, Midwest City; Southeastern Oklahoma State University, Durant; Southwestern Oklahoma State University, Weatherford; Tulsa Community College Metro Campus; University of Central Oklahoma, Edmond; University of Oklahoma with Oklahoma City Community College, Moore Norman Technical Center and City College, Norman; University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma with Canadian Valley Technical Center, Chickasha; and Western Oklahoma State College, Altus.
College Goal Sunday is sponsored in part by Lumina Foundation for Education; Oklahoma GEAR UP; the Oklahoma Guaranteed Student Loan Program; Oklahoma Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators; Sonic, America's Drive-In; and the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education.
“This is a very relaxed, friendly way for students and parents to find the resources necessary to make attending college more affordable,” Chancellor Paul Risser said. “In addition, it's a great time to find out more about what grades to make and what classes to take to be successful in college.”
The College Goal SundaySM program was created by the Indiana Student Financial Aid Association with funding from Lilly Endowment, Inc., and with supplemental support from Lumina Foundation for Education.
Oklahoma's GEAR UP grant has been matched by more than $25 million from state and partner resources. With funds totaling $45.5 million, GEAR UP receives 45 percent of total funding from the federal government and 55 percent from other organizations.