One day. 25 locations. One-on-one help from experts.

College Goal Sunday West VirginiaCompleting the FAFSA is one of the most important steps in preparing for college. During College Goal Sunday, financial aid experts from West Virginia’s colleges volunteer their time to help you complete this important form and to answer any other financial aid questions you may have.

  • February 21, 2016
  • 1 – 4 p.m.
    25 Locations
    Stop by any location, anytime between 1 and 4 p.m.
    On average, it takes about 30 minutes to complete the FAFSA.

  • FAFSA.gov
  • Completing a FAFSA — available online at fafsa.gov — is one of the most important steps in preparing for college. Anyone who is interested in college or certificate programs should complete a FAFSA — that includes high school seniors, adults looking to start or return to college, and current college students. Students who are applying for financial aid for college for the 2016-17 academic year should complete the 2016-17 FAFSA, which will be available on January 1, 2016.


    Completing the FAFSA can help you qualify for…

  • Federal grants
  • WV grants and scholarships
  • College financial aid programs
  • Private scholarship programs
  • Low-interest Federal student loans
  • What to bring
  • To complete the FAFSA, you will need access to several personal and financial documents. The FAFSA asks for information from the most recent year’s tax records. If you have not yet filed your taxes for the most recent year, you can use information from a prior year — you will just have to edit your FAFSA later once you have new information.

    Please bring:

  •  your FSA ID (Make sure to register for this at least three days before you want to complete your FAFSA!)
  •  your parent or guardian’s FSA ID (Make sure to register for this at least three days before you want to complete your FAFSA!)
  • your driver’s license (if you have one)
  • your social security number
  • your parents’ social security number (dependent students only)
  • Your current tax records and return
  • your parents’ current tax records and return (dependent students only)
  • your spouse’s current tax records and return (married students only)
  • your untaxed income records, including child support, worker’s compensation, untaxed portions of pensions and any other untaxed income you have received
  • information about your/your parent’s investments and bank account balances
  • your alien registration or permanent resident card (if you are not a US citizen)
  • The volunteers at College Goal Sunday workshops are professionals who will NOT share or misuse your personal information. Your FAFSA will be submitted through a network secured by the Federal government.

  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • WHAT DOCUMENTS SHOULD I BRING?

    You will need to bring items to verify your identity and your family’s income. View the complete list.
     
     

    DO THE FAFSA OR COLLEGE GOAL SUNDAY COST MONEY?

    No – in fact, FAFSA stands for FREE Application for Federal Student Aid. You should never have to pay money to complete the FAFSA, and College Goal Sunday is an opportunity to get FREE help filling out the form.
     
     
     

    WHO SHOULD ATTEND?

    Anyone interested in attending college or another form of education or training beyond high school should complete a FAFSA – and anyone who needs help filling out the FAFSA should attend. Students should also bring their parent or guardian along when possible. Students who are already in college are required to submit the FAFSA each year, so College Goal Sunday is a great opportunity for returning college students to get some extra help too!
     
     

    HOW LONG DOES COMPLETING THE FAFSA TAKE?

    For most students, completing the FAFSA takes fewer than 30 minutes. You can stop by College Goal Sunday at anytime between 1 and 4 p.m.
     
     

    DO I COMPLETE THE 2015-16 FAFSA? OR 2016-17?

    You should complete the FAFSA for the academic year you plan on attending college. So, if you are planning to enroll in college at anytime during the fall 2016/spring 2017 school year, you should complete the 2016-17 FAFSA. The 2016-17 FAFSA will be available after January 1, 2016. Remember — you must complete the FAFSA for every year of college. So if you are currently in college and are planning to attend college again next year, you’ll need to complete a 2016-17 FAFSA.

    WILL MY INFORMATION BE KEPT SECURE AND CONFIDENTIAL?

    Yes – our volunteers are experts who will never share your information with anyone else. When you submit the FAFSA online, you are submitting your information through a secure system created by the Federal government.

    WILL I NEED MY (OR MY PARENTS’) CURRENT TAX RETURN TO COMPLETE THE FAFSA?

    No – however, if you use a prior year’s return, you will have to go back in and edit your FAFSA later. It is important to file the FAFSA — with whatever information you have available —before grant and scholarship deadlines. So, if you won’t have your taxes completed until later — go ahead and complete the form with the information you have.

    WHEN IS THE DEADLINE TO COMPLETE THE FAFSA?

    Different financial aid programs have different deadlines for completing the FAFSA. In West Virginia, you must complete the FAFSA by March 1 if you are applying for state scholarship programs such as the PROMISE Scholarship. All West Virginia students should try to complete the FAFSA by April 15 in order to be considered for the West Virginia Higher Education Grant. However, if you miss these deadlines, you should still complete the form. Federal student aid programs have very late deadlines, and many students can qualify for federal aid even after the semester has started.

    I COMPLETED THE FAFSA… NOW WHAT?

    Completing the FAFSA is an important first step in paying for your education. View a list of what to expect and do next. Then check out CFWV’s College 101 guide to learn what you should be doing to get keep moving forward on your path to college.

  • Locations
  • Blue Ridge Community and Technical College – Martinsburg

    Rooms 2016, 2108, & 2110
    Martinsburg

    Blue Ridge Community and Technical College – Morgan County Center

    Room C09
    Berkeley Springs

    Bluefield State College

    W. Paul Cole Jr. School of Business
    Lobby & Third Floor

    Bluefield

    BridgeValley Community and Technical College

    Rooms 108 & 119
    South Charleston

    Concord University

    Rahall Technology Center
    Room 103

    Athens

    Davis & Elkins College

    Eshelman Science Center
    Elkins

    Erma Byrd Higher Education Center

    Computer Lab
    Beckley

    Fairmont State University and Pierpont Community and Technical College Caperton Center

    First Floor
    Clarksburg

    Glenville State College

    Robert F. Kidd Library
    Glenville

    Marshall University

    Corbly Hall
    Huntington

    Marshall University Mid-Ohio Valley Center

    Student Lounge
    Point Pleasant

    Mingo Central High School

    Library/Media Center
    Room 125

    Delbarton

    Mountwest Community and Technical College

    Main Campus – Rooms 105, 106, 107, & 110
    Huntington

    New River Community and Technical College Greenbrier Campus

    Greenbrier Hall – Student Lounge
    Lewisburg

    Potomac State College

    Academy Hall – Room 309
    Keyser

    Putnam County Career and Technical Center

    Rooms 3A & 6A
    Eleanor

    RESA 4 Offices

    Main Floor Office & Computer Lab
    Summersville

    Shepherd University

    Erma Ora Byrd Hall
    Shepherdstown

    Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College

    Building A, Room A-211
    Logan

    West Virginia Northern Community College – Wheeling

    B&O Building Auditorium
    Wheeling

    West Virginia Northern Community College – New Martinsville

    New Martinsville

    West Virginia State University

    Wallace Hall – Room 222
    Dunbar

    West Virginia University

    Downtown Campus – Woodburn Hall
    Morgantown

    West Virginia University Institute of Technology

    Vining Library – First Floor
    Montgomery

    West Virginia University at Parkersburg

    Caperton Center – Room C223
    Parkersburg