GHC plans Sunday event to help students with college paperwork


Are you intimidated by the paperwork and financial aid forms it takes to get your child — or yourself— into college? Grays Harbor College wants to help you out this Sunday.

The college is staging an event called College Goal Sunday, an intensive effort to help families learn more about paying for college. It’s meant for high school students and their families in Grays Harbor and Pacific counties and is scheduled from 1 to 4 p.m. on the Aberdeen campus.

In addition to workshops and information tables focused on what it takes to go to college, financial aid professionals will be offering one-on-one help to complete the required forms during the event.

“Most students these days are relying on financial aid to make attending college possible,” explains JEB Thornton, coordinator of the local College Goal Sunday. “The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the single most important application for students to complete for financing college.”

Thornton, who directs the TRiO student support program at GHC, also encourages parents to join their students at College Goal Sunday.

“Because household financial information is needed to complete the FAFSA, it is much easier when we work together as a team in the process.” A list of materials needed to complete the forms appears on the College Goal Sunday website, both in English and in Spanish. The web address is collegegoalsundaywa.org.

Thornton says he will tell all at. tendees that “You can go to college. There is money to pay for college and we can help you with the forms.”

For more information, contact JEB Thornton at (360) 538-4022 or jthornto@ghc.edu.