Highline Schools’ “College Goal Sunday” Is Jan. 25th

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Highline Public Schools is encouraging families of all high school seniors to attend “College Goal Sunday,” a special event this coming Sunday, Jan. 25th that will help students obtain financial aid for college.

As part of the district’s laser focus on college readiness, many staff members will volunteer at the upcoming College Goal Sunday events at four campus locations.

College Goal Sunday is a free, on-site program that helps students and families complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), the form that is required to apply for federal financial assistance for higher education. Students receive step-by-step instructions for completing and submitting their FAFSA. The event is organized by the College Success Foundation.

“Part of our strategic plan – and our everyday work – is to make certain students graduate from Highline Public Schools ready for college, career, and citizenship,” said Superintendent John Welch.  “In today’s world the academic requirements for being successful in an apprenticeship program, a community college, and a four-year university are nearly the same.  We want to make sure our students have choices when they graduate – that means preparing all students academically. It also means informing families of the financial resources available for college.”

On Sunday, Jan. 25th, from 2pm – 5pm, experts will be on hand at these locations to assist students and families (map below):

  • Highline High School
    225 South 152nd St., Burien
  • Tyee Educational Complex
    4424 South 188th Street, SeaTac
  • Mount Rainier High School
    22450 – 19th Ave. South, Des Moines
  • Evergreen Campus
    830 SW 116th Street, Seattle (White Center)

Students and parents are strongly encouraged to attend College Goal Sunday together because household financial information is needed to fill out the FAFSA.

Participants should bring:

  • Student’s Social Security number, driver’s license (if any) and any financial records related to income.
  • If available: student’s FAFSA pin number

Participants 23 years old or younger should bring:

  • A parent and their 2008 income data (W-2’s or a pay stub and/or 2008 tax return)
  • Participants 24 years old or older should bring:
  • Student’s 2008 income information.
  • Any other financial records related to income.

Participants who are not U.S. citizens should bring:

  • Alien registration card

Families should attend even if they do not have all these documents.  Those who don’t have this year’s income tax returns, may bring copies of last year’s forms and/or last pay stub for making estimates. They should also bring any other financial records related to income. Even families with have no paperwork at all can get help completing part of the FAFSA.

Students may attend on their own, but they’ll need to bring parents’ recent income tax returns and/or last pay stub and other financial records. Parents are strongly encouraged to attend with their children.

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