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RCA to host college prep event

Photo by Nate Kelly

Photo by Nate Kelly

CONYERS -- Students and their families have a chance to get information that will help them prepare for college.

College Goal Sunday is scheduled from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 27, at Rockdale Career Academy, which is located at 1064 Culpepper Drive, off Parker Road, in Conyers.

"It is an opportunity for parents and students to get information about colleges and universities," said Dr. Garrett Brundage, executive director of Support Services at RCPS.

Rockdale County is a registered state site for the nationwide event that is designed to assist students with filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or the FAFSA, which is required by many post-secondary schools for financial aid, such as grants, loans and the HOPE scholarship.

At the event, experts on financial aid for two- and four-year colleges and technical colleges will be on hand to talk to students and their families.

From 1 to 2 p.m., experts will provide free tax preparation information to help families prepare uncompleted tax returns for those with a yearly income less than $50,000. Interested families should bring necessary tax information and forms with them.

From 2 to 4 p.m., students can work on their FAFSA using the needed tax information. Experts will provide an overview and line-by-line information. Facilitators then will meet with students in computer labs to complete the FAFSA and electronically send it to the government to be assessed for financial need.

RCPS high school counselors also will be volunteers at the event.

During College Goal Sunday, there will be a drawing for a $250 scholarship.

Child care is available for children 4 years old and older.

Representatives from the PROBE College Fair will be on hand at Georgia Perimeter College's Newton campus from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Tuesday for students at GPC who want to transfer to a four-year university or another post-secondary institution.

Colleges on hand will include the Art Institute of Atlanta, Emory University, Georgia College & State University, Georgia Southern University, the International University of Nursing, Mercer University, the University of Georgia and Valdosta State University.

Bill Smith, executive director of PROBE, said students should bring a copy of their transcript and a list of questions they have.

"Too often students just stand there and have no idea what to ask," he said.

High school students who are not in school that day -- such as dual enrollment students -- also may attend the event, Smith said. The PROBE College Fair also travels across the state in the fall to bring college representatives to area students.