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January 22, 2010 - UCanGo2 Program Helps Families “Countdown” to College RSS feed

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Do I really need to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)? What’s my Expected Family Contribution and how is it calculated?

Questions like these are on the minds of many families sending students off to college this fall. That’s why six higher education institutions across the state are partnering with the Oklahoma Guaranteed Student Loan Program’s UCanGo2 initiative to help families learn more about preparing, planning and paying for college.

Institutions hosting a College Countdown event include: East Central University, Eastern Oklahoma State College, Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology, Oklahoma State University, Seminole State College and Southeastern Oklahoma State University. Events begin in late January and continue through February, which has been designated Financial Aid Awareness Month by Gov. Brad Henry.

“This is the time of year students typically begin working on the FAFSA,” said Chancellor Glen D. Johnson. “Preparing financially for college is a critical component of the college preparation process. We are partnering with our campuses to plan a series of events for prospective students, their parents and local high school counselors to learn more about student financial aid options for college.”

Event participants will learn about the FAFSA process, including key topics like dependency status and Expected Family Contribution. In addition, they will receive important answers to frequently asked questions about student financial aid options.

For more information about College Countdown events, including dates and times, visit or contact Shelley Sanderson, UCanGo2 campus events coordinator at (405) 234-4484 or