Free application for federal student aid

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – High school students, parents, and educators are encouraged to attend “College Goal Tennessee 2016 – Framing the Future,” a free college planning and financial aid workshop on Saturday, October 1. Breakfast and lunch will be provided during the event, to be held from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the UTC University Center, 615 McCallie Avenue. On-site registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. and participants can register in advance online at  This free conference is sponsored by PEF, UTC, YoungAndWiser, Inc, College Goal Tennessee, Girls Preparatory School, Naviance by Hobsons, and SACAC (Southern Association for College Admission Counseling).

PEF’s Vice President of College & Career Success Stacy Lightfoot said, “During this conference, students and their supporters will learn from experts and each other how to be successful in college.  We will cover topics from financial planning for college to what employers are looking for, to navigating the college application, and much more.  Business leaders, college admissions representatives and financial aid experts will lead the sessions.  This conference will confront real topics that affect the persistence of college students.”

Participants will receive free on-site assistance filling out the FAFSA (Free Application for Student Aid), the federal financial aid form that students/parents are required to file for students to be eligible to receive any state or federal aid. This is the first time in FAFSA history that the opening application date, October 1, is this early. Changes to the FAFSA will impact millions of students who apply for federal student aid, in hopes of making the process easier and more helpful for students.

GPS Director of College Guidance Susan McCarter, who also serves as president of the Southern Association for College Admission Counseling, noted, “College admissions isn’t what it used to be, so whether you are a student, parent, or counselor, this conference is an excellent opportunity to stay on top of the changes.”

Workshop titles for College Goal Tennessee 2016 include:

  • Show Me the Money: Financial Aid 101
  • Tennessee Promise
  • Common Cents Strategies: Financial Success During & After College
  • Essay Writing
  • Strategies for Applying to Highly Selective Colleges
  • Tips for Parents of New College Students
  • Learning Disabilities in the Post-Secondary World
  • Ethical Dilemmas in College Admissions


Categories: Education, Local News

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *