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February 9, 2006 :: College Goal SundaySM to Offer Students and Families Opportunity to Learn About Ways to Pay for College

Media Contact: Amy Bruce
Office: 1.405.225.9281
abruce@osrhe.edu

This February, students and their parents can have one-on-one, expert advice in learning about financial aid and planning for college during the upcoming statewide event, College Goal SundaySM.

College Goal Sunday will be held Sunday, Feb. 19, at college campuses across the state. Rose State College, Midwest City, will host the event on Sunday, Feb. 12. Students and their families can attend College Goal Sunday and visit with financial aid counselors and college staff in person. In a single afternoon, students and their families can become familiar with college entrance requirements, learn about planning for college and obtain on-site assistance in filling out financial aid application forms. (Those interested in this service should bring their latest tax information to the event.) In addition, valuable information will be shared about the benefits of attending college, student support services, areas of study and different degree programs.

More than 15 higher education institutions are participating in College Goal Sunday, including Cameron University, Lawton; Langston University, Oklahoma City and Tulsa campuses; Northeastern State University, Broken Arrow and Tahlequah campuses; Oklahoma Panhandle State University, Goodwell; Oklahoma State University, Oklahoma City, Stillwater and Tulsa campuses; Oral Roberts University, Tulsa; Rogers State University, Claremore; Rose State College, Midwest City; Southeastern Oklahoma State University, Durant; St. Gregory’s University, Shawnee; University of Central Oklahoma, Edmond; and the University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma City Community College Latino Event, OU Health Sciences Center, Oklahoma City.

For specific time and campus contact information, go to www.ogslp.org/cgs or call 1.800.858.1840.

College Goal Sunday is sponsored in part by Lumina Foundation for Education; Oklahoma GEAR UP; the Oklahoma Guaranteed Student Loan Program; the Oklahoma Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators; and the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education.

“College Goal Sunday is a valuable opportunity to plan for college in a comfortable atmosphere where students and their families can learn about how to make college more affordable,” said Chancellor Paul G. Risser. “In addition, those attending will pick up useful information on how to successfully make the transition from high school to college.”

The College Goal SundaySM program was created by the Indiana Student Financial Aid Association with funding from Lilly Endowment, Inc., and with supplemental support from Lumina Foundation for Education.

The U.S. Department of Education awarded Oklahoma with state GEAR UP grants totaling $20.5 million in August 1999 and $20.6 million in August 2005. The grants have been matched by more than $47 million from state and partner resources. With the addition of the 2005 multi-year, federal grant, Oklahoma’s GEAR UP program will ultimately receive more than $45.6 million in federal funds by 2011. GEAR UP receives 49 percent of total funding from the federal government and 51 percent from other organizations.