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Peninsula College hosts financial aid workshop

On Sunday, Jan. 31, Peninsula College will host College Goal Sunday, a free event for students and parents interested in learning more about federal financial aid for college and scholarship opportunities for Washington students.

The event begins at 2 p.m. in the Science and Technology M Building at the college campus, 1502 E. Lauridsen Blvd., Port Angeles.

The event is designed for students who will be enrolled in college during the 2010 fall quarter.

Peninsula College Financial Aid staff are scheduled to be available to help students and their families complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form, the application required to apply for federal financial assistance for higher education.

The FAFSA is considered to be the gateway to accessing financial aid resources, such as grants, school loans and scholarships. Federal student loans offer many benefits not typically found in private loans, including low fixed-interest rates, income-based repayment plans, loan forgiveness and deferment options.

Students who attend and register on theWashBoard.org - a free scholarship clearinghouse for Washington students - are eligible to win a college scholarship from the Northwest Education Loan Association. The association is contributing $26,000 toward a new College Goal Sunday Washington scholarship program.

See www.collegegoalsundaywa.org/event-locations/ for more

information about the event.



COMPASS test offered

Students also may take the COMPASS test on Jan. 31, starting at 11:30 a.m. in Room 134 in the M Building.

The computerized placement test is approximately one-and-one-half to two hours in length and helps students identify skill levels in reading, writing and math. Test scores are used to help the college ensure accurate placement in English and math courses.

Students may make an appointment for the COMPASS test by calling 417-6346 or toll-free at 877-452-9277, ext. 6346.

Students who plan to take the COMPASS Test should bring the following materials with them:

_ Payment ($15 in cash or check payable to Peninsula College)

_ Photo identification

_ Peninsula College student ID number or Social Security number

_ ACT-approved calculator for the algebra test

Students may take COMPASS practice tests at www.act.org/

compass/sample/index.html.

Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be provided if requests are made at least 10 days prior to the event.

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