PNW offering help completing FAFSA financial aid application Nov. 13
That’s the message of College Goal Sunday, a free, financial aid application assistance program, scheduled at 2 p.m., Nov. 13 at Purdue University Northwest’s Hammond and Westville Campuses and dozens of other Indiana locations. A complete list of sites can be accessed at www.CollegeGoalSunday.org.
The Purdue Northwest program takes place at the Hammond Campus in Room 200 of the Student Union & Library, 2200 173rd St. At the Westville Campus, the program is scheduled in Room 265 of the Technology Building, 1401 S. U.S. 421.
To provide current college students, fall 2017 entering students and their families a head start on pursuing college financial aid, this College Goal Sunday fall program is offered in addition to a traditionally-scheduled February program.
During each program, university financial aid experts and service organizational specialists will go line by line helping prospective fall 2017 college students and their parents accurately complete the Free Application for Federal Student AID (FAFSA) for submission to the federal processor.
New this year, the FAFSA can be completed and submitted now by using 2015 tax information.
College Goal Sunday is a statewide initiative where financial professionals from Indiana colleges and universities assist college-bound students and their families completing the FAFSA.
FAFSA required to be considered for financial aid
“To be considered for federal and state grants, scholarships and student loans at most colleges, universities and vocational/technical schools, students must complete the FAFSA,” Purdue Northwest Interim Executive Director of Financial Aid Freda Whisenton-Comer said. “Because completing the FAFSA is sometimes perceived to be complicated and time consuming, knowledgeable assistance will be provided at College Goal Sunday.”
In its 28th year, College Goal Sunday has helped more than 90,000 Indiana students and their families complete the FAFSA properly and on time.
Bring 2015 tax information
Students 23 or younger should attend College Goal Sunday with a parent(s) or guardian(s) and bring their family’s completed 2015 IRS 1040 tax return or a draft. Students who worked during 2015 also should bring their income information.
Students 24 or older may attend alone and bring their own completed 2015 IRS 1040 tax return/draft.
Students and parents also are encouraged to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool to obtain 2015 tax information.
Any student who attends College Goal Sunday and submits a completed evaluation form will be entered in a drawing for a scholarship.
Other information contacts
For more information, individuals may visit the College Goal Sunday web site or phone the toll free help line: 800/992-2076.
Financial aid information also can be obtained at Purdue Northwest by visiting the university’s financial aid web site; e-mailing the Office of Financial Aid at firstname.lastname@example.org; or phoning the office at 219/989-2301 or at 219/785-5460.
College Goal Sunday is a charitable collaboration involving the Indiana Student Financial Aid Association (ISFAA), in cooperation with the Indiana Commission for Higher Education. College Goal Sunday is co-funded by Lilly Endowment Inc., NCAN, and the Indiana Secondary Market for Education Loans, Inc.