High school seniors can receive help with FAFSA app on College Goal Sunday


By Jessica Wray

INDIANAPOLIS – Hoosier high school seniors and parents will have the opportunity for assistance with online paperwork to apply for college financial aid during College Goal Sunday Feb. 23.

Financial aid experts will be at 17 Ivy Tech Community College campuses around the state, as well as 22 other sites, helping parents and students fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. The event starts at 2 p.m.

The online form is due at most colleges in Indiana by March 10. Students are required at most schools to fill out the form in order to receive a financial aid package or offer from the college or university.

Through the form, students can be considered for federal and state grants, as well loans and scholarships at most colleges, universities and technical or vocational schools in the United States.

College Goal Sunday, a program with the Indiana Student Financial Aid Association, has helped more than 90,000 Indiana students and families complete the FAFSA form.

“Nearly half of Indiana’s college students qualify for financial aid from the State of Indiana,” said Donette Cassman, Sallie Mae, Inc., chairman of College Goal Sunday. “College Goal Sunday helps students and families better understand the financial aid process and brings students one step closer to fulfilling their educational goals.”

Students should attend College Goal Sunday with their parents or guardians, who need to bring completed 20131040 tax returns, W-2 forms and other 2013 income and benefits information. Students who worked last year should also bring their income information.

For more information – and to see a complete list of sites – visit www.CollegeGoalSunday.org.​

​Jessica Wray is a reporter for TheStatehouseFile.com, a news website powered by Franklin College journalism students.