Feb 7, 2014

FVCC to Host College Goal Montana

Flathead Valley Community College’s Kalispell campus will host College Goal Montana, a program that provides students who want to attend college and their families the opportunity to obtain assistance in applying for financial aid.

Free and open to all higher-education bound students and their families of all income levels, College Goal Montana is dedicated to guiding students and their families through the paperwork required to apply for financial assistance.  Financial aid officers and other qualified professionals will be present to ensure students receive assistance in understanding and completing the necessary paperwork, including the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), to receive financial aid.

“About $150 billion in federal grants, loans and work-study funds is available each year, and that doesn’t include the state and institutional aid that is out there,” said Rhonda Safford, College Goal Montana statewide coordinator. “Financial aid professionals in Montana will tell you that the return on the investment of taking half an hour or 45 minutes to complete the FAFSA is worth it.”

The event will take place February 13 from noon to 6 p.m. in room 140 inside Ross Hall on the college’s campus.  Appointments are not required.

In order to complete the FAFSA, students and their families who attend will need to provide:  FAFSA PIN numbers which can be obtained at (students and at least one parent will need PINs if the student is under the age of 24); Social Security numbers (for both students and parents); 2013 federal income tax returns (or 2012 federal income tax returns if 2013 returns are not completed); W-2 forms, tribal income or other aid information such as TANF, child support or other benefits; and additional asset information including money market funds, stocks and other investments.

Students who submit their FAFSA at the event can enter to win a $500 scholarship that may be used at any accredited college or program in the nation.  For more information, contact Mary Howard at 871-4735, or visit