(BLOOMINGTON) - Ivy Tech Community College-Bloomington and 39 other Indiana sites will help college-bound students and their families open the door to financial aid during College Goal Sunday, set for 2 p.m., February 12, 2012.
The free program is designed to assist Indiana students seeking undergraduate admission to a college or technical school in 2012 in filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA.
The FAFSA is required for students to be considered for federal and state grants, loans and scholarships and must be filed by March 10 to be eligible for state aid.
In one afternoon at College Goal Sunday, students and their families can get free help and file the form online.
Students attending College Goal Sunday must bring a parent or guardian and bring their parents' completed 2011 IRS 1040 tax returns, W-2 Forms and other 2011 income and benefits information. Students who worked last year, should bring their income information. Students 24 years of age or older may attend alone and bring their own completed 2011 IRS 1040 tax return, W-2 Form or other 2011 income and benefits information.
Students and parents may apply for their U.S. Department of Education Personal Identification Numbers (PINs) at www.pin.ed.gov before coming to the event.
Ivy Tech Community College-Bloomington will open 6 computer labs for students and parents.
Financial Aid experts from Indiana University, Ivy Tech and the Twenty-first Century Scholar program will be available to assist students in completing their FAFSAs on-line.
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.
Twenty-first Century Scholars Benefit
Twenty-first Century Scholars are income-eligible students who sign a contract in the seventh or eighth grade promising they will graduate from high school with a minimum of 2.0 grade point average on a 4.0 scale, refrain from using drugs and alcohol, 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.
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 Resource Center helpline at 800-992-2076 and have their questions answered by financial aid professionals.
For more information about College Goal Sunday or Financial Aid Awareness Month, call the Helpline at 800-992-2076 or visit www.CollegeGoalSunday.org.
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