WARSAW — Financial aid professionals from all across Indiana, including representatives from Ivy Tech Community College Warsaw, will be volunteering to help college bound students and their families open the door to financial aid during College Goal Sunday.
The virtual event is set for 2 p.m. Sunday, March 7. The free program assists Indiana students in filing 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. FAFSA must be filed by April 15 to be eligible for Indiana financial aid. One of many reasons College Goal Sunday is so important is because many families perceive the form to be too complicated and time-consuming to complete. In less than one afternoon during College Goal Sunday, students and their families can get free help and file the form.
Students should attend College Goal Sunday with their parent(s) or guardian(s), and parents should bring completed 2019 IRS 1040 tax returns, W-2 forms and other 2019 income and benefits information. Students who worked should also bring their income information. Students that are 24 or older may attend alone and bring their completed 2019 IRS 1040 tax return, W-2 form or other 2019 income and benefits information. Students and parents are encouraged to apply for their U.S. Department of Education FSA IDs at studentaid.gov before logging in to the event.
Volunteers will answer families’ questions as needed. To attend College Goal Sunday, simply go to collegegoalsunday.org on March 7 and click the link displayed on that page to enter the virtual event. For the best filing experience, working from a computer or laptop during the event is highly recommended.
Students may also win one of five $1,000 scholarships. Students who attend College Goal Sunday and submit a completed evaluation form will automatically be entered in a drawing for a $1,000 scholarship. The winners will be notified in April, and prizes will be sent directly to the higher education institution selected by those students.