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WVNCC To Host College Goal Sunday

Posted 02/05/15

West Virginia Northern Community College is hosting College Goal Sunday Feb. 15 on its Wheeling campus and financial aid experts from four area institutions of higher education will be providing assistance in filling out the FAFSA form. Front row, holding the sign, from left, are Erika Rohrig, Bethany College; Molly Daniels, Wheeling Jesuit University; Kelly Dlesk, WVNCC; Janet Fike, WVNCC, and Christi Tomczyk, Wheeling Jesuit University. In back, from left, are Sarah Griffith, WVNCC; Kim Hart, WVNCC, and Renee Ash, Wheeling Jesuit University. Absent from the photo is Katie Cooper, West Liberty University, who also will be participating.  Four colleges and universities from West Virginia’s Northern Panhandle are joining financial aid forces to give free help this month to students and their families in completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and other financial aid forms during College Goal Sunday.

College Goal Sunday financial aid workshops will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 15, in the B&O Building (use main front door) on the Wheeling campus of West Virginia Northern Community College, 1704 Market St., and at 23 other locations throughout the state.

Participating at the WVNCC site will be financial aid experts from Northern, Wheeling Jesuit University, Bethany College and West Liberty University. Students who attend a College Goal Sunday workshop will be entered to win a Samsung Tablet.

“Completing the FAFSA is critical for anyone considering going to college,” Brian Weingart, senior director of financial aid at the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission, said. “Students must submit this form in order to be considered for a variety of financial aid programs including state and federal grants, scholarships and loans.”

Anyone who is planning to pursue some form of education and training beyond high school within the next year should complete the FAFSA. That includes high school seniors, current college students and adults thinking about earning a degree or skill certificate. College Goal Sunday workshops are open to students of any age or income level.

The College Foundation of West Virginia (CFWV), the West Virginia Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators and several other college access programs including TRiO and GEAR UP work together to coordinate the event.

To participate in College Goal Sunday, pre-register at or simply arrive at WVNCC’s Wheeling campus on Feb. 15. To complete the FAFSA that day, participants will need to bring:

  • Driver’s license (if you have one)
  • Social Security number
  • Parents’ or guardians’ Social Security number (if you are a dependent)
  • Current tax records, including W2s and this year’s or last year’s filed returns, for you, your parents or guardians and/or your spouse.
  • Records of your current untaxed income, including child support, worker’s compensation, untaxed portions of pensions and any other untaxed income you may receive.

This information will be kept completely confidential, and those attending will work one-on-one with financial aid experts who will not share or save their information.

To find more information about College Goal Sunday or to pre-register, visit