KOKOMO, Ind. — Have questions about college financial aid? Need some help filling out the FAFSA?
Financial aid experts at Indiana University Kokomo will be on hand to help on February 25 for College Goal Sunday. Free assistance will be available from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Library, 2300 S. Washington St., Kokomo. Students planning to attend any college may participate.
“We host College Goal Sunday because we are a community resource not only for our current and potential students, but anyone in our community who wants to attend college,” said Meredith Dittfield, assistant director of financial aid and scholarships. “We have the FAFSA experts here to assist both parents and students in completing their forms and taking the first step to attain financial aid to attend college.”
IU Kokomo is one of 40 sites statewide participating, offering expert help with the form required for students to be considered for federal and state grants, scholarships, and student loans at most colleges, universities, and vocational/technical schools nationwide. It must be filed by the State of Indiana priority deadline of April 15, 2024, to guarantee state aid for those who qualify.
Dittfield noted that IU Kokomo financial aid staff have experience with the new FAFSA form that launched in December 2023, making their assistance even more valuable than usual.
She added that families should apply for their U.S. Department of Education FSA ID at studentaid.gov at least three days before attending the event.
Students should attend with a parent or guardian. Parents should bring their completed 2022 IRS 1040 tax returns, W-2 forms, and other 2022 income and benefits information. Students who worked last year should bring their income information as well. Students over the age of 24 may attend alone and bring their own completed tax paperwork.
Spanish language interpreters will be available during the event.
Those who attend College Goal Sunday and submit a completed evaluation form will automatically be entered in a drawing for one of five $1,000 scholarships. The winners will be notified this spring, and scholarships will be sent directly to the higher education institution selected by the winning students.
Now in its 35th year, College Goal Sunday has helped more than 94,000 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).
The event is free, and free parking is available on campus. For more information, go to CollegeGoalSunday.org.
Education is KEY at Indiana University Kokomo.