Students can get FAFSA filing help at event

Financial aid professionals from across Indiana will be volunteering at 39 sites to help college-bound students and their families open the door to financial aid during College Goal Sunday.

The event is set for 2 p.m. Nov. 6 at Indiana University-Purdue University Columbus, 4601 Central Ave., Columbus, and Jennings County High School, 800 W. Walnut St., North Vernon.

The free program assists Indiana students in filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, which 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.

The FAFSA must be filed by April 15, 2023, to be eligible for financial aid.

Students who attend and submit a completed evaluation form will automatically be entered in a drawing for a $1,000 scholarship.

Now in its 34th year, College Goal Sunday is a charitable program of the Indiana Student Financial Aid Association.

Students should attend College Goal Sunday with their parents or guardians, and parents should bring completed 2021 IRS 1040 tax returns, W-2 forms and other 2021 income and benefits information. Students who worked should also bring their income information. Students 24 years of age or older may attend alone and bring their completed 2021 IRS 1040 tax return, W-2 form or other 2021 income and benefits information.

Students and parents are encouraged to apply for their U.S. Department of Education FSA IDs at before the event.

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