Rio to host free, state-wide financial aid event

February 4, 2013

RIO GRANDE, Ohio – Anyone interested in earning federal or state funding for their college education should attend College Goal Sunday at 2 p.m. on Feb. 10 at the University of Rio Grande / Rio Grande Community College.

The free event will provide students and parents with assistance with completion of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), as well as resources to answer all financial aid questions. The FAFSA is required to receive federal financial aid, including the Pell Grant and student loans, as well as need-based state grants.

“Even in these tough economic times, there is a lot of money out there in various forms to assist families with paying for college,” Rio Grande Director of Financial Aid Zana Smith said. “In order to access any of it, however, prospective students need to have their FAFSA properly submitted on time. College Goal Sunday is a tremendous resource in making sure you’re best positioned to receive financial assistance.”

College Goal Sunday is hosted by the Rio Grande Financial Aid office in partnership with the Ohio Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (OASFAA) and endorsed by the Ohio Board of Regents.

With record numbers expected in attendance, families are encourage to register in advance at or by calling 1-800-233-6734. Walk-ins are welcome.

For more information about the University of Rio Grande / Rio Grande Community College visit or call 800-282-7201.

The University of Rio Grande / Rio Grande Community College is the only combined private university and public community college in the country. Serving more than 2,400 students annually, dreams become reality while nestled into the beautiful rolling hills of southeastern Ohio.

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