KOKOMO, Ind. – Plan to attend College Goal Sunday and get assistance with financial aid forms at Indiana University Kokomo this Sunday, February 12, in the Kelley Student Center.
Tyana Lange, IU Kokomo director of enrollment management, said financial aid experts are available to answer questions and help those attending complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid form online during the free session.
IU Kokomo is one of 40 College Goal Sunday sites statewide. Lange said it is open to students considering any college or university. Those who complete an event survey qualify for a drawing for one of seven $1,000 scholarships to be given statewide.
Students and their parents must submit the FAFSA before the March 10 deadline to qualify for federal and state grants, loans and scholarships at most colleges, universities or vocational/technical schools.
“This is ideal for anyone who has never done it before, or who has done it before and had questions,” Lange said. “The key is, you have financial aid professionals available to assist you.”
The event begins with a short presentation about the financial aid form and changes made since 2011. Students and their parents then move to a computer lab to complete the application online, with financial aid experts available to help.
Lange said even students who aren’t sure they are going to college, or who think they won’t qualify for financial aid, should complete and submit a FAFSA. Many scholarship organizations require applicants to complete the form.
At Indiana University Kokomo, 79 percent of current students received state or federal aid or other scholarships, Lange said, and IU Kokomo graduates have the lowest debt among IU’s regional campus.
Donette Cassman, College Goal Sunday chairwoman, said nearly half of Indiana’s college students qualify for state financial aid.
Students should attend with their parents or guardians and bring their parents’ completed 2011 IRS 1040 tax returns, W-2 forms and other 2011 income and benefits information. Students who worked in 2011 should bring their income information. Those 24 and older may attend alone and bring their own completed 2011 tax return and other financial information.
Students and parents may apply for a U.S. Department of Education Personal Identification Number at www.pin.ed.gov before attending College Goal Sunday.
IU Kokomo plans two additional free FAFSA help sessions from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21; and 10 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, March 3.
Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.