College Goal Sunday 2010

Manchester, CT - (December 21, 2009)… Manchester Community College (MCC) will sponsor College Goal Sunday Connecticut, a volunteer, charitable effort to assist low-income families, high school seniors and juniors, minority students and first-generation college students complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

The event will be held on Sunday, January 31, from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Arts, Sciences and Technology Center at MCC, as well as at 12 additional sites throughout Connecticut. Students and their parents will receive one-on-one, expert advice about financial aid and planning for college during this statewide event.

“MCC is committed to removing barriers to higher educational access. Often times how a family will pay for college is one such barrier. College Goal Sunday is an effective program that has opened the doors of opportunity for countless Connecticut families,” states Dr. G. Duncan Harris, MCC’s acting dean of student affairs.

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is a form that is required to apply for financial assistance for higher education. During College Goal Sunday at MCC, professional financial aid personnel will assist students and their families in completing and submitting their FAFSA form online. Valuable information about the benefits of attending college, student support services, areas of study and different degree programs will also be provided.

“The service College Goal Sunday (CGS) offers students is crucial since many families cannot afford to pay for their kids’ education,” stated Ivette Rivera-Dreyer, director of financial aid at MCC and College Goal Sunday Connecticut coordinator. “We assist in the completion of the most important-yet complex-form needed to access financial aid for college, FAFSA. Connecticut colleges and universities come together to make sure this service is offered to as many first generation college students as possible.”

College Goal Sunday Connecticut will be offered at the following sites throughout Connecticut:
Bridgeport Central High School, 1 Lincoln Boulevard, Bridgeport
Capital Community College, 950 Main Street, Hartford
Central Connecticut State University, 1615 Stanley Street, New Britain
Central High School Bridgeport, 1 Lincoln Blvd, Bridgeport
Eastern Connecticut State University, 83 Windham Street, Willimantic
Gateway Community College, Long Wharf Campus, 60 Sergeant Drive, New Haven
Middlesex Community College, 100 Training Hill Road, Middletown
Norwalk Community College, 188 Richards Avenue, Norwalk
Post University, 800 Country Club Road, Waterbury
Saint Joseph College, 1678 Asylum Avenue, West Hartford


The Discovery Museum, 4450 Park Ave., Bridgeport
New London Science and Technology Magnet High School, 490 Jefferson Avenue,
New London
Western Connecticut State University, 181 White Street, Danbury

College Goal Sunday is funded and sponsored by the Lumina Foundation for Education, the CT Association of Professional Financial Aid Administrators (CAPFAA), the CT Association of Educational Opportunity Programs (CAEOP) and the YMCA.

For more information about College Goal Sunday Connecticut at Manchester Community College, call (860) 512-3382 or (860) 512-3384; email irivera-dreyer@mcc.commnet.edu or jbailey@mcc.commnet.edu, or visit www.collegegoalsundayct.org. For more information about College Goal Sunday Connecticut ‘s other locations, call 1-800-277-2270; email info@collegegoalsundayct.org or visit www.collegegoalsundayct.org.

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Students of any age who possess the desire to pursue higher education are welcome at Manchester Community College. MCC is proud of its academic excellence, new facilities, flexible schedules, small classes, low tuition and faculty with both academic and “real world” credentials. The College offers over 60 programs, transfer options, financial aid and scholarships, as well as access to baccalaureate degrees through guaranteed admissions programs with several universities. MCC is situated on a park-like campus and is easily accessible from I-84.
News Item Posted On: December 21, 2009
For Additional Information Contact: Endia DeCordova-Murphy at (860) 512-2914