DONALDSON – Financial aid professionals will be volunteering at Plymouth High School and 41 other sites in Indiana to help college-bound students and their families open the door to financial aid during College Goal Sunday. The event is set for 2 p.m. (EST), Feb. 21, 2016.
The free program assists Indiana students in filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA form is required for students to be considered for federal and state grants, scholarships and student loans at most colleges, universities and vocational/technical schools nationwide. The FAFSA MUST be filed by March 10 to be eligible for Indiana financial aid. College Goal Sunday is so important since completing this required form correctly and by the deadline is sometimes perceived to be complicated and time consuming. In less than one afternoon at a College Goal Sunday event, students and their families can get free help and file the form online.
Now in its 27th year, College Goal Sunday has helped more than 90,000 Indiana students and families complete the FAFSA properly and on time. College Goal Sunday is a charitable program of the Indiana Student Financial Aid Association (ISFAA).
Program assists students
“Far too often families don’t know who to ask for help with their FAFSA,” said Bill Wozniak, co-chair of College Goal Sunday. “This event helps families across the state file the FAFSA, and brings students one step closer to fulfilling their educational goals.”
According to the Indiana Commission for Higher Education’s Division of Student Financial Aid (SFA), programs like College Goal Sunday are reaching first-generation college students. In recent years, according to SFA statistics, more single-parent Hoosier families have filed for financial aid, indicating programs like College Goal Sunday are reaching high-risk students and their families.
“There is significant disappointment for students who don’t complete their financial aid paperwork properly and on time,” said Wozniak. “That’s why the Indiana Student Financial Aid Association continues to provide College Goal Sunday. If our assistance gives students a better chance at higher education, we’re fulfilling our mission.”
What students should bring
Students should attend College Goal Sunday with their parent(s) or guardian(s), and parents’ should bring completed 2015 IRS 1040 tax returns, W-2 Forms and other 2015 income and benefits information. Students who worked last year should bring their income information as well. Students 24 years of age or older may attend alone and bring their own completed 2015 IRS 1040 tax return, W-2 Form or other 2015 income and benefits information. Students and parents are encouraged to apply for their U.S. Department of Education FSA IDs at fsaid.ed.gov before coming to the event.
What is College Goal Sunday?
College Goal SundaySM is an event held at 42 sites across Indiana that provides FREE FAFSA filing assistance to Hoosier families. At College Goal Sunday, now in its 27th year, financial aid professionals from Indiana colleges and universities help students complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Students seeking federal and state grants, loans and scholarships, MUST complete the form. The FAFSA is the most important financial aid form and MUST be received by the federal processor on or before March 10, 2016 for Indiana residents to be eligible for state aid.
Why is College Goal Sunday important?
Completing the FAFSA form is sometimes perceived to be complex and confusing. College Goal Sunday makes the process easier by delivering FREE, expert assistance to families in their own communities and helps ensure that students get the help they need to qualify for financial aid.
When and where is College Goal Sunday?
College Goal Sunday 2016 will take place at 2 p.m. (local time) Sunday, February 21st, at 42 sites throughout the state. To find the site(s) nearest you, refer to the locations tab on CollegeGoalSunday.org.
Who should attend College Goal Sunday?
College Goal Sunday is geared toward all who will qualify for admission to a college or technical school in 2016 such as Indiana high school seniors, current college students and adult learners. Basically anyone who would like help completing the FAFSA!
What should students bring to College Goal Sunday?
Below are the items a student needs to bring to complete their FAFSA. Information should be for the student and if applicable the parent(s).
- FSA ID username and password. Create your FSA ID at ed.gov. Student and a parent (if applicable) need a FSA ID to sign the FAFSA form!
- 2015 tax returns (if not completed yet, then 2014 tax returns)
- 2015 W-2 Forms (if not yet received then 2014 W-2 Forms)
- Current investment and bank records