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TO:                  Superintendents of Schools (please forward to Assistant Superintendents, Principals, and Guidance Counselors)


FROM:            Susan A. Gendron, Commissioner


DATE:             January 16, 2004


RE:                   College Goal Sunday – Paying for College: February 8, 2004


                The Maine Department of Education is pleased to be a sponsor of the College Goal Sunday – Paying for College program administered by the Finance Authority of Maine and funded by the Lumina Foundation.  This program is also sponsored by the Maine Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (MASFAA), the Maine Educational Opportunity Association (MEEOA), Maine’s TRIO programs, and GEAR UP.


            College Goal Sunday is a program designed to assist families, going line by line, in the completion of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form, which determines eligibility for federal and State aid for higher education expenses. 


            On February 8, 2004, from 2:00-4:00 PM, at 12 sites located across the State, financial aid professionals from Maine’s colleges and universities will be available to meet one-on-one with high school seniors and their families to assist in the accurate and timely completion of the FAFSA form.   Families will need to bring their most recent tax information, as the applicant’s eligibility for financial aid is based on the student’s/family’s income and assets.  The 12 sites are as follows:


University of Maine in Augusta                 Hutchinson Center in Belfast

Washington County Community College in Calais Caribou Performing Arts Center in Caribou      Penquis Education Center in Dover-Foxcroft

University of Maine at Farmington in Farmington  Houlton Higher Education Center in Houlton    Multi Purpose Center in Lewiston           University of Maine in Orono    Portland Expo in Portland        Holiday Inn Conference Center in Saco      York County Community College in Wells


            Please Note:  Child care with adult supervision will be provided at all sites.


A colorful poster announcing this event has been placed in all of Maine’s high schools and public libraries.  A media campaign will begin soon utilizing the State’s radio and television stations.  I ask that you encourage your high school seniors and their families to take advantage of this unique coaching opportunity.


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