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College Go Sunday Helps Hundreds Apply for Financial Aid

Over 20 volunteers and 160 computers were on hand on Sunday, making sure hundreds of current and prospective college students can get all the financial aid they need. The March 10th FAFSA deadline means you're eligible for both state and federal aid. If you wait until after that date, you will only be able to get federal aid.
We're just two weeks away from the Free Application For Federal Student Aid -- or  FAFSA -- deadline, and two area colleges are making sure students can get all the help they need.

"It'll start us on the college journey," said parent Cathy Mitchell.

Over 20 volunteers and 160 computers were on hand on Sunday, making sure hundreds of current and prospective college students can get all the financial aid they need.

"That first year is always... they're apprehensive about it because they've not done it before.  So we want to try to put in the ease and let them know it's not too bad," said Julie Wonderlin, director of financial aid at Ivy Tech Community College.

And for Cathy Mitchell and her daughter Caitie Lewis, coming to College Goal Sunday was a must.

"I looked at the stuff online and I had no idea how to fill it out, what to look at, what to do. So, I heard that they were having this here and I was like oh that's a really good idea," said Lewis.

With FAFSA deadlines quickly approaching, the event helps guide students through the application process, and makes sure they get everything filed on time.

"I haven't had any children go to college yet, so I'm just learning as I go and it's a good event to have to introduce us to the college experience," said Mitchell.

But it's not about just federal and state aid, College Goal Sunday also shows students about different scholarship opportunities that are out there.

"You don't know how many are out there until we come and they tell us there so many different ones that you can get, so it's a really big opportunity," said Lewis.

Helping to invest in, and better the futures of, all Hoosiers who have their sights set on a college degree.

"That additional education can help them down the line to get better jobs, to get better paying job. So we just want to make sure that as many kids as possible that want to, go through and get a college education, that they get all the money that they are eligible to get," said Wonderlin.

Vincennes University also hosted a college goal Sunday.
   
The March 10 FAFSA deadline lets you to eligible for both state and federal aid.
   
If you wait until after that date, you will only be able to get federal aid.

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