Free Financial Aid Offered at College Goal Sunday: Indiana University Kokomo

KOKOMO, Indiana – Complete your financial aid application in an afternoon, with free help from professionals, at College Goal Sunday.

Join us on Sunday, February 27, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, on campus. Financial aid counselors will be on hand to help families complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), required for students to be considered for federal and state grants, scholarships, and federal student loans. in most colleges, universities, and vocational/technical training. schools nationwide.

The application deadline is April 15 to be eligible for Indiana financial aid.

Financial aid counselor Meredith Dittfield said College Goal Sunday is open to all students regardless of which college they plan to attend. Many families find the form complicated and time-consuming to fill out, and by participating, they can do it in less than an afternoon.

“We understand there can be a lot to learn when preparing for college, especially for students who are the first in their families to go,” Dittfield said. “By participating in College Goal Sunday, we are able to give students and their families the opportunity to learn about preparing for college and financial aid in a comfortable setting.”

Students must be accompanied by their parents or guardians, and parents must bring completed 2020 IRS 1040 tax returns, W-2 forms, and other 2020 income and benefits information, as well as their security numbers social security, driver’s license, and/or alien registration number for those who are not US citizens.

Students who have worked must also bring their income information. Students 24 years of age or older may attend on their own and bring their completed 2020 IRS 1040 tax return, Form W-2, or other 2020 income and benefits information. Students and parents are encouraged to request their U.S. Department of Education FSA credentials at studentaid.gov before logging into the event, but the staff can also help you.

Volunteers will go through the online form line by line and answer individual family questions as needed.

Students can also win one of five $1,000 scholarships. Those who attend College Goal Sunday and submit a completed evaluation form will automatically be entered into the draw. Winners will be notified in the spring and scholarships will be sent directly to the higher education institution selected by the winning students.

Now in his 33’srd 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).

“Last year, Indiana high school graduates missed out on $65 million in Pell Grants by not filing FAFSA,” said Indiana Commissioner of Higher Education Teresa Lubbers. “If you are considering education beyond high school, filing the FAFSA is the best way to ensure you receive the financial aid available. College Goal Sunday offers one-on-one assistance from financial aid experts to students and families to ensure their FAFSA is completed correctly.

For more information, visit CollegeGoalSunday.org.

Education is KEY at Indiana University Kokomo.

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