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January 27, 2003 :: Financial Aid Questions to be Addressed During February Events

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This February, students and their parents can have personal, professional assistance in learning about financial aid and planning for college thanks to two upcoming events – “Cash for College” and College Goal SundaySM.

“Cash for College” will be televised live at 8 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 6, on OETA. Experts will be in the studio to discuss the various aspects of financial aid. Viewers will be able to call toll-free and ask questions of student financial aid professionals from various Oklahoma colleges, universities, technology centers and professional schools.

During the one-hour telecast, discussions will include information on types of financial aid available, how to apply for financial aid, how to avoid common mistakes when filling out the financial aid application and much more.

Also, “Cash for College” will be broadcast live via the Internet. To watch the live-streaming webcast, viewers may go to www.okhighered.org/student-center.

The following Sunday, Feb. 9, students and their families can attend College Goal Sunday and visit with financial aid professionals 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; Langston University, Oklahoma City campus and University Center at Tulsa; Murray State College, Tishomingo and at the Ardmore Higher Education Center; 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 State University, Alva; and Oklahoma Panhandle State University, Goodwell.

Also participating are Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, Tulsa, Okmulgee and Oklahoma City campuses; Oklahoma Wesleyan College, Bartlesville; Oral Roberts University, Tulsa; Redlands Community College, El Reno; Rogers State University, Claremore; Rose State College, Midwest City; Seminole State College; Southeastern Oklahoma State University, Durant; Southwestern Oklahoma State University, Weatherford and Sayre campuses; St. Gregory's University, Shawnee; Tulsa Community College Metro Campus; University of Central Oklahoma, Edmond; University of Oklahoma, Norman; University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma, Chickasha; The University of Tulsa; and Western Oklahoma State College, Altus.

A more complete listing, including building and room locations, may be found by clicking on College Goal Sunday at www.okhighered.org. Additional information is available by calling 1-800-858-1840 or by contacting the financial aid office at one of the participating institutions.

“Helping Oklahomans find the resources necessary to make attending college more affordable is a priority for the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education,” Chancellor Paul Risser said. “We applaud all of the Oklahoma businesses and organizations, along with Lumina Foundation for Education, who have made these two events possible and who understand the value of a highly educated citizenry. Their generous contributions will have a positive impact on our state for years to come.”

This marks the second consecutive year that “Cash for College” has appeared on OETA. Last year, the live call-in show was a resounding success with more than 435 telephone calls pouring into the studios.

“Cash for College” is being produced by OETA in conjunction with the Oklahoma Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (OASFAA), Oklahoma Guaranteed Student Loan Program (OGSLP) and the State Regents with additional funding provided by Bank One, Oklahoma College Savings Plan, OSLA Student Loan Servicing, Sallie Mae Fund, Stillwater National Bank, Bank of Oklahoma, Local Oklahoma Bank, Nelnet Educational Services, Texas Guaranteed Student Loan Corporation, Affordian Student Loans, Armstrong Bank, Arvest Bank, BancFirst, Bank of America, Citibank-The Student Loan Corporation, First National Bank of Oklahoma, Nellie Mae and Tinker Federal Credit Union.

College Goal Sunday is sponsored in part by Lumina Foundation; Oklahoma GEAR UP; OGSLP; Oklahoma Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators; Sonic, America’s Drive-In; and the State Regents.

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.