This Sunday (2/9) is College Goal Sunday, an opportunity to learn about financial aid

This Sunday (2/9) is College Goal Sunday-an opportunity to learn about college financial aid and to get help in completing the federal financial aid application.

Purdue University Calumet is hosting College Goal Sunday at 2 p.m. (2/9) at two locations: Room 103 of the campus’ Gyte Science Building and the Gold Room of the Hellenic Cultural Center, 8000 Madison Ave., Merrillville.

This 14th annual College Goal Sunday initiative is being held at 34 locations statewide, including six sites within northwest Indiana’s Calumet Region.

At the free, Purdue Calumet-hosted programs, university staff members will lead participants step by step in filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

First-time financial aid applicants, as well as current year recipients, need to complete and submit the FAFSA to be considered for most types of financial assistance awarded for the 2003-2004 academic year. FAFSA forms must be received by the federal processor on or before March 10. Twenty-first Century Scholars must complete a FAFSA to claim their Twenty-first Century Scholarships.

Some 55 percent of Purdue Calumet students receive approximately $19 million annually in financial assistance.

College Goal Sunday is for college entrants and students of all ages. The event targets low to middle income Indiana residents who:

  • Could qualify for undergraduate admission to a college or technical school,
  • need financial assistance and
  • desire help filling out the FAFSA-copies of which will be provided at each College Goal Sunday site.

Students 23 or younger should attend with a parent(s) or guardian(s) and bring the family’s completed 2002 IRS 1040 tax return or a draft, W-2 statement(s) and any other 2002 income and benefits-related information.

Students 24 or older may come alone and bring their own completed 2002 IRS 1040 tax return/draft, W-2 statement(s) and any other 2002 income and benefits-related information.

In addition to the Purdue Calumet sites, College Goal Sunday programs also are scheduled in East Chicago at Central High School, 1100 W. Columbus Drive (Cafeteria A); in Gary at Indiana University Northwest, 3400 Broadway Ave. (Savannah Center auditorium); at the Valparaiso University Union (Great Hall); and at Michigan City’s Marquette Mall, U.S. 20 and 421 (Community Meeting Room).

A statewide, toll free College Goal Sunday phone number also is available: 1-800/992-2076. Individuals may visit the College Goal Sunday web site at www.collegegoalsunday.org

Additionally, financial aid information may be obtained from Purdue Calumet by visiting the university’s financial aid web site at www.calumet.purdue.edu/finaid e-mailing the Office of Financial Aid at finaid@calumet.purdue.edu, phoning the Office at 1-219/989-2301 or 1-800/HI-PURDUE, ext. 2301 (toll free), or visiting the Office in the Enrollment Services Center on the first floor of Lawshe Hall.

In addition to College Goal Sunday programs, Purdue Calumet is hosting a financial aid workshop at 9 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 22 in Room 131 of Lawshe Hall, during which help in completing the FAFSA, as well as other financial aid information and answers to questions will be provided.

Also, university financial aid staff members will be on hand to answer financial aid-related questions, Feb. 10-13, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., and Feb. 10-11, from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in the concourse of the Student Faculty Library Center.

College Goal Sunday is sponsored by the Indiana Student Financial Aid Association (ISFAA), in cooperation with the Indiana Career and Postsecondary Advancement Center (ICPAC), the State Student Assistance Commission of Indiana (SSACI) and the Office of Twenty-first Century Scholars. College Goal Sunday is funded by Lilly Endowment Inc., Lumina Foundation for Education, and USA Funds, three Indiana-based non-profits with a particular interest in higher education.