College Goal Sunday has helped over 94,000 Indiana students and families complete FAFSA correctly and on time
INDIANAPOLIS – Financial aid professionals from across Indiana will volunteer at 38 locations to help college students and their families open the door to financial aid during College Goal Sunday. The event is set for 2:00 p.m. (local time) on November 7, 2021.
The free program helps Indiana students complete 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 federal 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. One of the many reasons College Goal Sunday is so important is that many families find the form too complicated and time consuming to complete. In less than an afternoon on College Goal Sunday, students and their families can get free help and fill out the form.
âThe FAFSA filing can seem intimidating to students and families at Hoosier,â Indiana Higher Education Commissioner Teresa Lubbers said. âHowever, this is an important step for anyone interested in education beyond high school. College Goal Sunday offers individuals the opportunity to receive one-on-one assistance from financial aid experts to ensure their FAFSA is accurately completed before the deadline.
Now in its 33rd year, College Goal Sunday has helped more than 94,000 Indiana students and families complete the FAFSA correctly and on time. College Goal Sunday is a charitable program of the Indiana Student Financial Aid Association (ISFAA).
College Goal Sunday Doubles Help Offered
“The November 7 event will be the first of two College Goal Sunday events that ISFAA is offering this FAFSA filing season.” said Bill Wozniak, co-chair of College Goal Sunday. “We hope all Hoosiers who have not yet applied will take advantage of College Goal Sunday, file the FAFSA, and move closer to their educational goals.”
According to the Indiana Commission for Higher Education, programs like College Goal Sunday are reaching first-generation students. In recent years, according to statistics from CHE, more and more single-parent Hoosier families have applied for financial assistance, indicating that programs like College Goal Sunday are reaching high-risk students and their families.
âStudents who don’t fill out their financial aid documents correctly and on time are often very disappointed when they find out how much financial aid they have lost,â Wozniak said. âThat’s why the Indiana Student Financial Aid Association not only continues to offer College Goal Sunday, but also offers two events during the year. If our help gives students a better chance to study beyond high school and less debt, we are fulfilling our mission.
What students should bring
Students should attend College Goal Sunday with their parents or guardians, and parents should bring completed 2020 IRS 1040 tax returns, W-2 forms, and other 2020 income and benefit information. worked must also provide their income information. Students aged 24 or older can attend on their own and bring their completed IRS 1040 2020 income tax return, W-2 form, or other 2020 income and benefit information. Students and parents are encouraged to apply for their income. US Department of Education FSA ID at Studentaid.gov before logging into the event.
Volunteers will go through the online form line by line and answer individual questions from families as needed. All of the sites offer FAFSA online functionality and many have Spanish interpreters. A complete list of sites is available at CollegeGoalSunday.org.
Participants can win a College Goal Sunday scholarship
Students can also win one of five $ 1,000 scholarships. Students who attend College Goal Sunday and submit a completed assessment form will automatically be entered into a draw for a $ 1,000 scholarship. The winners will be notified in the spring and the scholarships will be sent directly to the higher education institution selected by the winning students.
21st Century Fellows Benefit
21st Century Fellows are income-eligible students who sign a contract in the seventh or eighth grade promising that they will graduate from high school, meet grade requirements, fulfill a pledge of good citizenship, and apply for financial aid to college. Upon completion of high school, scholarship holders who have fulfilled the pledge and demonstrate financial need receive state funds to help cover their tuition and fees for up to eight semesters at public colleges. eligible Indiana or an equal amount at eligible Indiana private colleges. To fulfill their pledge, researchers must submit a completed FAFSA form on time, College Goal Sunday can help.
The program is a national model
College Goal Sunday was born here in Indiana and is now a national role model. Following Indiana’s lead, College Goal Sunday events hosted by more than 34 states have opened the doors to higher education for hundreds of thousands of students across the country.
For more information on College Goal Sunday, visit CollegeGoalSunday.org.