INDIANAPOLIS – Ivy Tech Community College will participate in the 22nd Annual College Goal Sunday, which will take place on Sunday, February 20, from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. (EST). The event will be offered at 39 sites in 32 Indiana communities.
College Goal Sunday is a free program designed to assist students seeking undergraduate admission to a college or technical school in 2011. Financial aid professionals and volunteers will be on-hand helping students fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA is required for students to be considered for federal and state grants, loans and scholarships at most colleges, universities and vocational/technical schools nationwide.
In order to make filing the FAFSA easier, volunteers walk through the form line-by-line and answer families’ individual questions. Students should attend with a parent(s) or guardian(s) and bring their parents’ completed 2010 IRS 1040 tax returns, W-2 Forms and other 2010 income and benefits information. Students who worked last year should bring their income information. Students 24 years of age or older may attend alone and bring their own completed 2010 IRS 1040 tax return, W-2 Form or other 2010 income and benefits information. Students need to apply for their U.S. Department of Education Personal Identification Number (PINs) at http://www.pin.ed.gov before attending College Goal Sunday.
A new function of this year’s FAFSA that will be covered is the ability to import information from the IRS. Under the “Finances” section of the FAFSA, students will be given the option to “View and Transfer 2010 Tax Information from the IRS.” By selecting the option, the participant’s tax information will be transferred from the IRS and will auto-populate the tax questions onto the FAFSA form.
Students attending the event will qualify for a chance to win a scholarship. A $1000 scholarship will be awarded to one participant at each of the 39 sites. To enter the drawing, students must attend College Goal Sunday and submit a completed evaluation form. The winners will be notified in March. Awards will be sent directly to the higher education institutions selected by the winning students.
This year, Ivy Tech has 14 locations statewide hosting College Goal Sunday. FAFSA online capabilities will be offered, and also many sites will have Spanish interpreters.
Ivy Tech locations include:
200 Daniels Way
Columbus Learning Center
4555 Central Ave.
410 E. Columbus Drive
3501 N. First Ave.
1440 E. 35th Ave.
50 W. Fall Creek Pk. N. Dr.
Room: North Meridian Center
3101 S. Creasy Lane
Room: Ivy Hall
50 Walnut St. Riverfront campus
1 Ivy Tech Way
4301 S. Cowan Road
Rooms: 531 & 532
2357 Chester Blvd.
220 Dean Johnson Blvd.
800 S. Education Drive
Room: Oakley Auditorium
3755 Lake City Highway
College Goal Sunday is offered in cooperation with Learn More Resource Center, the State Student Assistance Commission of Indiana and The Twenty-first Century Scholars Program. It is funded by Lily Endowment, Inc., Lumina Foundation for Education, USA Funds and Indiana Secondary Market for Education Loans, Inc.
For more information about College Goal Sunday or Financial Aid Awareness Month, visit www.CollegeGoalSunday.org, or call the Helpline at 1-800-992-2076. (Note: For more information regarding College Goal Sunday, contact: William Wozniak, College Goal Sunday Media Relations, 317-715-9002 (office) or 317-403-3933 (cell), or at wwozniak@ISMLOANS.org.)
Ivy Tech Community College is the state’s largest public postsecondary institution and the nation’s largest singly accredited statewide community college system serving nearly 200,000 students 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.