USA Funds awards $485,000 for College Goal Sunday

Grants will support 27 FAFSA-filing assistance programs

USA Funds® has awarded grants totaling $485,000 to support College Goal Sunday® programs in 26 states and the District of Columbia during 2013.

​College Goal Sunday events, typically conducted in January and February, bring together college financial aid professionals and other volunteers who help students and parents complete the FAFSA, the application required to determine student eligibility for the key federal student aid programs, as well as for many state-sponsored and college-specific student aid programs. Despite significant improvements by the federal government in streamlining and simplifying the FAFSA, the form continues to pose a paperwork barrier to college access for some students, particularly those who are first in their families to attend college and those from economically disadvantaged households.

​College Goal Sunday originated in Indiana in 1989 and has grown to serve 39,000 students and parents annually. A total of 33 states and the District of Columbia are expected to host College Goal Sunday events in 2013.

For more information about College Goal Sunday and links to individual state College Goal Sunday program websites, visit