aid professionals will be volunteering at Ivy Tech Community College Fort
Wayne (Coliseum Campus, 3800 N Anthony Blvd.) and Warsaw (2545
Silveus Crossing) and 35 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. on Nov. 3, 2019.
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 April 15 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.
in its 31st year, College Goal Sunday has helped more than 94,000 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
Goal Sunday doubles the help offered
event on November 3rd will be the first College Goal Sunday ISFAA is offering
this FAFSA filing season.” said Bill Wozniak, co-chair of College Goal Sunday.
“We hope all Hoosiers who have not filed already, take advantage of College
Goal Sunday events across Indiana, file the FAFSA, and get one step closer to
fulfilling their educational goals.”
to the Indiana Commission for Higher Education, programs like College Goal
Sunday are reaching first-generation college students. In recent years,
according to CHE 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.
who don’t complete their financial aid paperwork properly and on time are often
very disappointed when they find out how much financial aid they lost,” said
Wozniak. “This is why the Indiana Student Financial Aid Association not only
continues to provide College Goal Sunday, but offers two events during the
year. If our assistance gives students a better chance at higher education and
less debt, we’re fulfilling our mission.”
students should bring
should attend College Goal Sunday with their parent(s) or guardian(s), and
parents’ should bring completed 2018 IRS 1040 tax returns, W-2 Forms and other
2018 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 2018 IRS 1040 tax return, W-2 Form
or other 2018 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.
will walk through the online form line-by-line and answer families’ individual
questions as needed. All sites offer FAFSA online capabilities and many have
Spanish interpreters. A complete list of sites is available at
may win educational prizes
may also win one of five $1000 scholarships. Students who attend any of the
College Goal Sunday sites and submit a completed evaluation form will
automatically be entered in a drawing for a $1000 scholarship. The winners will
be notified in December, and prizes will be sent directly to the higher
education institution selected by the winning students.
Century Scholars benefit
Century Scholars are income-eligible students who sign a contract in the
seventh or eighth grade promising they will graduate from high school, meet
grade point requirements, fulfill a pledge of good citizenship, and apply for
college financial aid. Upon high school graduation, Scholars who have fulfilled
the commitment receive state funds to help cover their college tuition and fees
for eight semesters at eligible Indiana colleges. To fulfill their pledge,
scholars must submit a completed FAFSA form on time. College Goal Sunday can
is a national model
Goal Sunday originated right here in Indiana, and is now a national model.
Following Indiana’s example, College Goal Sunday events organized by more than
34 states have opened doors to higher education for hundreds of thousands of
students all over the country.
more information about College Goal Sunday visit CollegeGoalSunday.org.