Students and their families flocked to Ivy Tech Community College on Sunday October 28th for the 30th annual College Goal Sunday event.
Financial aid professionals from Ivy Tech, Rose-Hulman, Indiana State University and Saint Mary of the Woods College offered their guidance to families filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, FAFSA.
“With volunteers here we have, for every two people we probably have a volunteer that can help them understand the question and then find the answer,” said Ivy Tech’s Asst. Director of Financial Aid Jan Benton.
The FAFSA form is required for students to be considered for any federal or state grants, as well as scholarships and student loans.
In order to fill out the FAFSA students and their parents or guardians needed to bring completed 2017 IRS 1040 tax returns and W2 forms.
“When they leave they may have a good idea about what kind of aid they might have right now. It could change and it could be added to of course. But this is the first step in figuring out what kind of funds might I have, and helping students and families kind of talk through the process before they apply for admission,” said Benton.
Completing any form of paperwork is a task in itself, but the guidance from aids helped keep the afternoon short and sweet for student Zander Jonson, “It’s super easy, there’s nothing to be afraid of. I thought it would be like an hour or something and we took like less than 30 minutes”.
Over the 30 years, College Goal Sunday has served 94,000 Indiana Students, and Jane Benton couldn’t be more proud, “It’s just amazing. I’ve done it for many years, don’t know all those 94,000 students but it has been an amazing thing”.
For students filling out the FAFSA at home, the due date is January 15, 2019 for Spring Semester and April 15, 2019 for Fall 2019.