Annual event helps Hoosiers complete the FAFSA
INDIANAPOLIS – Ivy Tech Community College will host College Goal Sunday on February 21 at 2 p.m. at 14 of the college’s 23 campuses.
College Goal Sunday is a program that helps college-bound Indiana students and their families complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The program provides on-site help from financial aid experts, primarily from Indiana colleges and universities. Most colleges, universities and vocational/technical schools in the nation require students seeking federal financial aid, including grants and loans, to complete the FAFSA. The FAFSA form must be received by the federal processor on or before March 10 to be considered for state aid.
The program is being offered at 37 locations in 31 communities, including the following Ivy Tech campuses: Bloomington, Columbus, East Chicago, Evansville, Gary, Indianapolis, Lafayette, Lawrenceburg, Logansport, Muncie, Richmond, South Bend, Terre Haute and Warsaw. For a complete list of locations, visit http://www.collegegoalsunday.org/locations.html#.
Students should attend with their parent(s) or guardian(s) and bring their parents’ completed 2009 IRS 1040 tax returns, W-2 Forms and other 2009 income and benefits information. If students worked last year, they should also bring their income information. Students, 24 years or older, may attend alone and bring their own completed 2009 IRS 1040 tax return, W-2 Form or other 2009 income and benefits information. Pens and FAFSA on the Web Worksheets will be provided, but students are encouraged to bring their own FAFSA on the Web Worksheets and their U.S. Department of Education Personal Identification Numbers (PIN) if filing online. Parents will also need to obtain a PIN to file online. Obtain your PIN prior to College Goal Sunday by going to www.pin.ed.gov.
Students who attend any of the College Goal Sunday sites and submit a completed evaluation form will automatically be entered in a drawing for an educational prize. Three educational prizes, worth $1,000 each, will be awarded statewide – one for northern Indiana, one for central Indiana and one for southern Indiana. The winners will be notified in March; prizes will be sent directly to the higher education institutions selected by winning students.
To learn more about College Goal Sunday or for answers to your specific financial aid questions, visit http://www.collegegoalsunday.org/ or call the Learn More Indiana hotline toll-free at 1-800-992-2076. Families needing assistance from a Spanish interpreter, sign language interpreter, or who may have other special needs should call 1-800-992-2076 to report which site you will attend.
Now in its 21st year, College Goal Sunday is a charitable collaboration involving the Indiana Student Financial Aid Association (ISFAA), in cooperation with Learn More Indiana, the State Student Assistance Commission of Indiana (SSACI), and the Twenty-first Century Scholars program. College Goal Sunday is co-funded by Lilly Endowment Inc., Lumina Foundation for Education and USA Funds, three Indiana-based non-profits with a particular interest in higher education.
About Ivy Tech Community College
Ivy Tech is the state’s largest public post-secondary institution and the nation’s largest singly-accredited statewide community college system with more than 130,000 students enrolled annually. Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana. It serves as the state’s engine of workforce development, offering affordable degree programs and training that are aligned with the needs of its community along with courses and programs that transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association.