INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Financial aid professionals will be volunteering at 18 Ivy Tech Community College locations on February 25 at 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. (local time) for College Goal Sunday. This annual event provides free assistance for Hoosier families to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
Hoosier students who plan to attend college must file their FAFSA to be considered for federal and state grants, scholarships and student loans. The state grant filing deadline for the 2018-19 school year is April 15, 2018. Students are encouraged to file their FAFSA early for more opportunities to be selected for aid.
Volunteers at College Goal Sunday will walk through the application with students and answer questions. All sites offer FAFSA online capabilities and many will have Spanish interpreters. A complete list of sites can be found at CollegeGoalSunday.org.
What students should bring
Students and their parent(s) or guardian(s) must bring the following to College Goal Sunday:
- Federal student aid (FDA) identification number (apply at FSAID.ED.GOV)
- Social security number
- Driver’s license number
- If you are not a U.S. citizen, alien registration number or permanent residence card
- 2016 W-2 forms or other records of money earned or received
- Untaxed income, including workers compensation, child support, housing, food and other living allowances, veterans benefits, etc.
- 2016 federal income tax return (IRS tax form 1040, 1040A or 1040EZ)
- Bank statements
- Business and investment information, business and farm records, stocks, bonds and other investment records if applicable
By attending College Goal Sunday and completing an evaluation form, students will be entered to win one of five $1,000 scholarships. Winners will be notified in April. Prizes will be sent directly to the higher education institution selected by the winning student.
21st Century Scholars benefit
21st 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, eligible Scholars who have fulfilled the commitment will 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 help.
College Goal Sunday originated in Indiana and has become a national model to help hundreds of thousands of students file the FAFSA. For more information, visit CollegeGoalSunday.org.
About College Goal Sunday
College Goal Sunday is a cooperative, charitable effort of the Indiana Student Financial Aid Association (ISFAA). It is provided in cooperation with the Indiana Commission for Higher Education, and is funded by Lilly Endowment, Inc. and INvested.
About Ivy Tech Community College
Ivy Tech Community College serves communities across Indiana, providing world-class education and driving economic transformation. It is the state’s largest public postsecondary institution and the nation’s largest singly accredited statewide community college system. It serves as the state’s engine of workforce development, offering high-value degree programs and training that are aligned with the needs of its communities, 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.