Event: College Goal Sunday
Date and time: Sunday, Feb. 24, 2-4 p.m.
Location: Goshen College Union Building (map) *Note: due to construction, this event will take place in the admissions office inside the Union Building*
During College Goal Sunday, Feb. 24, from 2-4 p.m., financial aid professionals will be volunteering to help college-bound Indiana students and their families complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form and open the door to financial aid. The free event will take place in the Goshen College Union Building, and Spanish interpretation will be available.
Now in its 30th year, College Goal Sunday is an event held at nearly 40 sites across Indiana that provides FREE FAFSA filing assistance to Hoosier families.
A complete list of sites is available at CollegeGoalSunday.org.
What students should bring:
Students should attend College Goal Sunday with their parent(s) or guardian(s), and parents should bring:
- FSA ID (It is strongly encouraged to create this prior to the event!)
- Every student AND parent should apply for a FSA ID at fsaid.ed.gov
- This will serve as your electronic signature on the FAFSA
- Personal documents － (students and parents)
- Social Security Number
- Driver’s License Number
- Alien registration number or permanent residence card if you are not a U.S. Citizen
- Proof of Income － (students and parents)
- 2017 W-2 forms or other records of money earned or received
- Untaxed income, including workers compensation; child support; housing, food and other living allowances; veterans benefits, etc.
- Tax documents － (students and parents)
- 2017 Federal Income Tax Return (IRS tax form 1040, 1040A or 1040EZ) if you were required to file. If you have not yet completed your tax return, you can still submit your FAFSA using best estimates (ie: 2016 tax return numbers). After you submit your tax return, it’s easy to correct any income or tax information that is different from what you initially submitted on your FAFSA).
- Assets － (students and parents)
- Bank statements
- Business and investment information; business and farm records; stocks, bonds and other investment records if applicable
Volunteers will walk through the online form line-by-line and answer families’ individual questions as needed. Goshen College offers FAFSA online capabilities and Spanish interpreters.
- Indiana College Goal Sunday Checklist – What You Need
- Tip Sheet for Military & Veterans
- Tip Sheet for Adult Learners
- Tip Sheet for Undocumented Students
- Application Form Tracking Worksheet – download 104 kb pdf (tracks each school’s application and documentation requirements for aid)
- Cost of Attendance Comparison Worksheet – download 196 kb pdf (lays out and compares attendance costs for each school under consideration; focuses student’s expectations to realistic levels)
- Award Package Comparison Worksheet – download 36 kb pdf (guides the family and counselor in comparing aid packages from different schools)
- Financial Aid Consultants and Scholarship Search Services Fact Sheet – download 76 kb pdf (helps avoid unnecessary and costly reliance on paid consultants to obtain help and advice that is available at no charge)
- Sample Scholarship Inquiry Letter – download 84 kb pdf (suggests how a student might inquire about financial aid from a private organization)
- Financial Aid Glossary – download 708 kb pdf (a glossary of common financial aid terms and acronyms)
- Financial Aid Terms English/Spanish Translation – download 268 kb pdf
- Online Schools (a comprehensive and complete searchable database of online schools with advice and helpful hints)
Attendees may win educational prizes
At College Goal Sunday, in addition to help filing the FAFSA, students may also win a $1,000 scholarship! Five scholarships are available and students who attend any of the College Goal Sunday sites and submit a completed evaluation form will automatically be entered in a drawing for one of the $1,000 scholarships. The winners will be notified in December and prizes will be sent directly to the higher education institution selected by the winning students.
21st Century Scholars benefit
21st Century Scholars are income-eligible students who sign a contract in the seventh or eighth grade promising they will graduate from high school, meet grade point requirements, fulfill a pledge of good citizenship, and apply for college financial aid. Upon high school graduation, Scholars who have fulfilled the commitment and demonstrate financial need (based off FAFSA) receive state funds to help cover their college tuition and regularly assessed fees for eight semesters at eligible Indiana colleges. To fulfill their pledge, scholars MUST submit a completed FAFSA form on time. College Goal Sunday can help.
Complete FAFSA by April 15
Completing the FAFSA form correctly and on time is often perceived to be complicated and time consuming, but is required for students to be considered for federal and state grants, scholarships and student loans at most colleges, universities and vocational/technical schools nationwide. The FAFSA must be filed by April 15, 2019 to be eligible for Indiana financial aid, and June 30 to be eligible for federal financial aid.
Now in its 30th year, College Goal Sunday has helped more than 90,000 Indiana students and families complete the FAFSA properly and on time. College Goal Sunday is a charitable program of the Indiana Student Financial Aid Association (ISFAA).
According to the Indiana Commission for Higher Education, programs like College Goal Sunday are reaching first-generation college students. In recent years, according to CHE statistics, more single-parent Hoosier families have filed for financial aid, indicating programs like College Goal Sunday are reaching high-risk students and their families.
“Students who don’t complete their financial aid paperwork properly and on time are often very disappointed when they find out how much financial aid they lost,” said Wozniak. “This is why the Indiana Student Financial Aid Association not only continues to provide College Goal Sunday, but added a second event this year. If our assistance gives students a better chance at higher education and less debt, we’re fulfilling our mission.”
Program is a national model
College Goal Sunday originated right here in Indiana, and is now a national model. Following Indiana’s example, College Goal Sunday events organized by more than 34 states have opened doors to higher education for tens of thousands of students all over the country.
For more information about College Goal Sunday visit CollegeGoalSunday.org.