Aiken Technical College and partnering colleges will offer a financial aid workshop at ATC Saturday for anyone interested in attending college. The program is called nationally "College Goal Sunday," but it really is scheduled Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the academic success center in the 700 building., said Amanda Chittum, ATC's financial aid director. "College Goal" primarily targets high school seniors, but people of any age who plan to enroll in college are welcome too. Aiken Technical College staff will be joined by volunteer financial aid administrators from USC Aiken, Augusta State University and Piedmont Technical College. "We'll help students and parents fill our applications for free student aid for any college or university," said Chittum." The volunteers can provide information about financial aid options and eligibility for grants and scholarships. Participants must bring their 2008 federal income tax returns and W-2 forms. Essentially , there are three kinds of aid - gifts (grants and scholarships); work-aid, such as federal work-study; and loans. There may be 20 other variations of aid under each of those three types, said Chittum. There's a huge myth that most people don't quality for financial aid, she said. At a two-year institution, students can get tuition lottery funds regardless of family income. If nothing else, they can get loans, she said. "College Goal Sunday" is a combined effort of ATC, the S.C. Association of Financial Aid Administrators, the S.C. Commission on Higher Education, the S.C. Student Loan Corporation and the Lower Savannah Regional Education Center. Refreshments will be provided and door prizes will be offered. Participants will have an opportunity to win a free iPod. Students are encouraged to pre-register by calling Chittum at 593-9954, ext. 1261. Contact Rob Novit at rnovit@aikenstandard.com.