TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) – Financial aid professionals are gearing up to help you pay for school.
College Goal Sunday is this weekend. The annual event is an opportunity for students and families to get free help filling out the necessary paper work online so they can get financial aid.
Every student must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, also known as FAFSA, in order to qualify for financial help. The form is due April 15th. The form allows students to apply for state and federal grants, loans and scholarships.
Completing this form can be confusing and stressful for many families. That’s why financial aid professionals at forty locations across Indiana are volunteering their time to help students through the process.
Ivy Tech Community College in Terre Haute is hosting College Goal Sunday on February 24th from 2pm to 4pm.
Ivy Tech Director of Financial Aid Julie Wonderlin says, "We don't charge anything and we are there to work one-on-one with you. We'll have over eighty computers available to sit down and assist people with their application."
Students should attend College Goal Sunday with their parents or guardians unless the student is over the age of 24, in which case they can come alone. Parents should bring 2017 tax forms like IRS 1040 tax returns, W-2 Forms and other income and benefits information. Students should also bring income information.
Prior to the event, students can apply for an ID and password at fsaid.ed.gov. Students will need this to complete the FAFSA. Students can also go through this process at the event but it will take longer to get everything finished.
Wonderlin says, "If they don't have their ID and password, which they can get before they come but they're not required to, the FAFSA usually takes twenty minutes. If you need the ID and password it usually takes about forty-five minutes because it an be a little bit longer to get those taken care of."
For more information about College Goal Sunday click here.