West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission held its annual College Goal Sunday. West Virginia University is one of 23 locations that hosted the event in West Virginia on Sunday. This is a chance for students and their families to get free assistance filling out the FAFSA form.
"It's a process that can be very confusing but with their guidance and the online program we were able to get through it," said Fred Gibson, his son will be attending WVU in the fall. "They've got some really good advisors in there."
Students came with family members to get free financial aid assistance. Stephanie Green came with her son so he can learn to complete the information on his own one day.
"It's definitely important to help your children and let them participate with you in filling out this information with you to let them see what is involved," said Green, her son is finishing up his first year at WVU.
Financial Aid Counselors volunteered their time to help the students and families.
Filling out a FAFSA is a good back up plan even if you are unsure if you will receive federal student aid.
"This covers everybody. First of all you don't know what you're eligible for until you file the FAFSA. You might not get the full federal program but you could get $500 a semester, anything that could help." said Nicole Solomon, a Financial Aid Counselor.
Merit based scholarships, like the Promise Scholarship, require that you have a FAFSA on file.
West Virginia Higher Education believes this yearly event will help more students attend post secondary education programs. For parents and students that have trouble filling out the FAFSA, they are grateful.
"The process is pretty complex and involves all sorts of income and all income streams that you have for you and your students," said Gibson. "Some questions are written in such a way that you need an answer and they were able to do this."
You did not have to plan to attend or be a current student at WVU to receive financial aid help. Kaitlyn Gyork will be a freshman at West Liberty University in the fall.
"I would just recommend this for every year for students just to come here and get help from people who specialize in this and aren't confused about anything," said Gyorko.
Solomon said that no matter where you are applying to school you need to file your FAFSA before March 1st.
More than 1,200 students and families pre-registered for the event statewide.