Dear Community Leader:
 
College Goal Sunday is approaching! 


Florida will host College Goal Sunday at 47 sites around the state in approximately 40 counties on February 25, 2007. For a list of sites and site contacts, please visit www.fldoe.org/collegegoalsunday <http://www.fldoe.org/collegegoalsunday> . If you feel that you can be of assistance to the local site coordinators in your area in planning the event, please do not hesitate to contact them.
 
College Goal Sunday was designed to help dispel the idea that higher education is too expensive.  Research shows that families see the high cost of college education as the main barrier between them and a degree, even though tens of millions of dollars in various forms of financial aid are available to students. The simple fact is many families-particularly minority, low income, and first generation college students — are not applying for those funds.  These students and their families need two things: First, they need to receive more information about the availability of financial aid, and second, they need expert assistance in filling out the required paperwork.
 
At Florida College Goal Sunday, financial aid professionals and others will volunteer to help families complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and learn about the financial aid process. Please pass this very important information along to the students that you work with on a daily basis. Please let me know if you have any questions.
 
Regards,

Braulio Colón
Southwest Regional Field Director
Florida Department of Education
39 Columbia Drive, Suite 715
Tampa, FL  33606
(813)253-7562
(813)253-7566-fax