IPFW hosts free financial aid event for college-bound students

IPFW campus
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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – Indiana University–Purdue University Fort Wayne will be hosting an event to help college-bound students and their families file for financial aid.

College Goal Sunday, a charitable program of the Indiana Student Financial Aid Association (ISFAA) , will be held in the Neff Hall lobby at IPFW from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. on Sunday.

Financial aid professionals will be volunteering at the event to assist Indiana students seeking undergraduate admission to a college or technical school in 2014 in filing 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. The FAFSA must be filed by March 10 to be eligible for state aid.

Students and families can get free help and file the FAFSA online at College Goal Sunday.

“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.”

What students should bring:

  • Their parents’ completed 2013 IRS 1040 tax returns, W-2 Forms, and other 2013 income and benefits information.
  • Their personal income information
  • Students 24 years of age or older may attend alone and bring their own completed 2013 IRS 1040 tax return, W-2 Form, or other 2013 income and benefits information.

Students and parents can apply for their U.S. Department of Education Personal Identification Numbers (PINs) online before coming to the event.

Other information about College Goal Sunday:

Attendees may win educational prizes
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. Winners will be notified in March; prizes will be sent directly to the higher education institutions selected by the winning students.

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, Scholars who have fulfilled the commitment 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.

Helpline open during Financial Aid Awareness Month
ISFAA’s College Goal Sunday is one of the highlights of Financial Aid Awareness Month. In February, students and their families can call the Learn More Indiana helpline at 800-992-2076 and have their questions answered by financial aid professionals. The Indiana Commission for Higher Education supports the Helpline.

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