Before getting any of the $60 billion in grants, scholarships and other financial aid available for attending college and other qualifying programs, there's one thing that interested students must do: Apply.
"If you have all your information, it only takes about a half hour," said Julia Rombough, financial aid officer at Baker University's School of Professional and Graduate Studies in Overland Park.
Students and their parents can get a free education about what's available and receive professional tutoring for the application process during College Goal Sunday.
When: 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday
Where: Room 1005 at Kansas University's Eaton Hall, 1520 W. 15th St.
Who: At least 15 volunteers - all financial aid officers and administrators from Baker, Johnson County Community College and KU - will work with students and parents on financial aid applications and related matters.
The goal of the Lawrence event: Work through the applications process, even helping people fill out and submit their formal applications.
"We'll walk them through," said Rombough, co-chairwoman for events in Kansas.
Participants are asked to bring their 2005 tax returns and W-2 forms - or, if not possible, an end-of-the-year pay stub so that income estimates can be formulated. Students and parents also should have their personal identification numbers from the Department of Education, if they want applications to be submitted online.
To get a PIN, log on to www. pin.ed.gov. Anyone without a number Sunday still can receive assistance in filling out a written application.
Another bonus: Two participants at the Lawrence event will receive $500 scholarships.
The not-for-profit event is coordinated by the Kansas Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators.