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College Goal Sunday at IU Northwest provides free help to students

Program supports efforts to connect first-generation college students and at-risk students

Are you planning to attend college in the fall of 2006? Do you need help paying for tuition? Are you overwhelmed by the financial aid process? If you answered yes to any one of these questions you should attend College Goal Sunday on Sunday, February 12, 2006 in the Savannah Center Auditorium at Indiana University Northwest. This free session will teach you everything you need to know to apply for financial aid. You’ll also learn what other funding sources are available such as loans, grants and scholarships. Financial Aid professionals will be available to walk students and their families through the FAFSA line-by-line and answer any questions you may have regarding the financial aid process.

In 2004-2005, the State of Indiana awarded nearly $178 million in financial aid to more than 59,000 students? That means nearly half of Indiana’s college students qualify for financial aid from the State of Indiana. More than 60% of IU Northwest students receive financial aid to pay for their education in the form of scholarships, grants, loans, or work-study programs.

Important things to know:

  • March 1, 2006 is the priority date to submit your FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). Your FAFSA form must be received by the federal processor on or before March 10 to qualify for Indiana state grants for Fall 2006. FAFSA forms will be provided, but students are encouraged to bring their own FAFSA forms.
  • Students should attend with their parent(s) or guardian(s) and bring their parents’ completed 2005 IRS 1040 tax returns, W-2 Forms and other 2005 income and benefits information. If students worked last year, they should also bring their income information.
  • Students, 24 years or older, may attend alone and bring their own completed 2005 IRS 1040 tax return, W-2 Form or other 2005 income and benefits information.
  • Students attending College Goal Sunday will also qualify for a chance to win an educational prize worth $300 to help with their higher education expenses. To enter the drawing, students must attend College Goal Sunday and submit a completed evaluation form.

College Goal Sunday is a charitable program of the Indiana Student Financial Aid Association (ISFAA) that provides free information and assistance to Indiana families filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Now in its 17th year, College Goal Sunday has helped more than 65,000 Indiana students and families complete the complicated FAFSA form properly and on time, and has been cited as a valuable resource for first-generation college students and at-risk youth.

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. The Indiana Commission for Higher Education supports the helpline. For more information about College Goal Sunday or Financial Aid Awareness Month, call the helpline or visit www.CollegeGoalSunday.org.

College Goal Sunday is offered in cooperation with Learn More Resource Center, the State Student Assistance Commission of Indiana and The Twenty-first Century Scholars Program. It is funded by Lilly Endowment, Inc., Lumina Foundation for Education and USA Funds, three Indiana-based nonprofit organizations with a particular interest in higher education.

  
Published:

02-03-2006

Media Contact:

Michelle Searer
OMC
219-980-6686
msearer@iun.edu


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