Families attend student aid events on College Goal Sunday

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SPRINGFIELD Mass. (WWLP) – Some western Massachusetts families began the process of applying for federal aid on Sunday, to help pay for their children’s college education.

It’s been 12 years since Congressman Richard Neal of Springfield began hosting federal student aid events at American International College.

“The most important thing is fill out the forms.” And that’s what they did: fill out the forms to help secure the federal and state funding.

These families aren’t made of money. They’ll need help to finance their children’s education.

Caitlin Small of Springfield told 22News, “I don’t know much about financial aid, the college I want to go to, so this means a lot.”

Jack Shaughnessy of Northmapton said, “We’re just looking to see what we can get financially. The next four years are going to be pretty expensive. We want to keep the cost down.”

Like so many western Massachusetts families with dreams of a college education for their young, these families began a journey on the last day of January, which has come to be known as National College Goal Sunday.

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