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Steamboat Briefs: College finance assistance event is Sunday in Craig

— The third annual College Goal Sunday, a national program that provides free assistance for families who want to apply for financial aid, is from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at Colorado Northwestern Community College in Craig.

Financial aid professionals will be on hand to help families complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid.

The FAFSA must be completed for a student to receive any type of financial aid, including grants, work study, student loans and scholarships. 



To complete the FAFSA, attendees should bring the following information with them. Dependent students will need to bring this information for their parents, as well: Social Security number; driver’s license; 2010 W-2 forms and other records of money earned; 2010 records of untaxed income such as Social Security benefits; 2010 bank statements; business and investment mortgage information, business and farm records, stock, bond and other investment records; alien registration card (for those who are not a U.S. citizen); a Personal Identification Number to electronically sign the FAFSA. Those who do not have a PIN can register for one at http://www.pin.ed.gov. For more information about College Goal Sunday visit http://www.collegegoalcolorado.org.

Pensack siblings make dean’s list at Columbia

Max Pensack, Steamboat Springs High School Class of 2007, and Miriam Pensack, Steamboat Springs High School Class of 2009, made the dean’s List for the fall 2010 semester at Columbia University in New York City.



VA group warning against Veterans Affairs Services

An organization called Veter­ans Affairs Services is pro­viding benefit and general information on VA and gathering personal information on veterans, according to a news release. This organization is not affiliated with VA. Websites with the name “vaservices” immediately after the “www” are not part of the Department of Veterans Affairs, the U.S. government agency.

The news release directed people not to go to them or if approached or called, or offer any information about yourself or other veterans. The real VA website ends in .gov.  

Also, the release stated, be aware that the Department of Veterans Affairs does not randomly call veterans, nor does it ask veterans for information that it does not already have, such as Social Security numbers. Those who have not dealt with the VA previously — and in person — should hang up the phone if they suddenly receive a call from a person saying he or she is with the VA or something similar sounding. Also, the release stated, do not respond to e-mails suggesting that they are from the VA. The VA never conducts official business nor asks for personal information by email.

Those with examples of VAS acts that violate chapter 59 of Title 38 United States Code, such as VAS employees assisting veterans in the preparation and presentation of claims for benefits, are asked to pass any additional information to Michael Daugherty at this address: Michael G. Daugherty, Staff Attorney, Department of Veterans Affairs, Office of General Counsel (022G2), 810 Vermont Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20420.


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