The start of the New Year represents new resolutions and high hopes, and for college students and their parents throughout the nation time to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). For prospective students and parents who haven’t been through the process before, it can prove a daunting and often confusing task, which is why anyone planning on attending college in 2016 is encouraged to attend College Goal Sunday on January 31 at 1:30 p.m. in Technology Hall at Naugatuck Valley Community College.

   The free program features financial aid professionals and community-based service providers who can offer assistance in completing the FAFSA. Pre-event registration is encouraged at Upon arriving, attendees will be assigned to volunteer financial aid staffers who will walk them through the financial aid process. Attendees should bring their 2015 or most recent household tax information.

   “NVCC takes great pride in hosting this event for the fifth year in a row,” said NVCC President Daisy Cocco De Filippis, Ph.D. “NVCC and all Connecticut community colleges offer a smart choice for families to avail themselves of a quality, affordable education designed to meet student and community needs and to contribute to the transformation of Connecticut’s economy.”

   College Goal Sunday efforts in Connecticut are led by the Connecticut Association of Professional Financial Aid Administrators (CAPFAA) and the Connecticut Association for Educational Opportunity Programs (CAEOP). Those seeking more information may visit or contact NVCC’s Anita Pelletier at  or 203-575-8274.