Financial Aid ‘College Goal Sunday’ programs are Feb. 11

To better familiarize families with the higher education financial aid process, as well as help them complete the federal financial aid application, Purdue University Calumet is hosting College Goal Sunday at 2 p.m., Feb. 11.

The program will be offered at two Purdue Calumet locations: The Calumet Conference Center at the far south end of the Hammond campus off 173rd Street, and the university’s Academic Learning Center in Merrillville (9900 Connecticut Dr.), some two miles south of U.S. Highway 30, just east of Broadway Avenue, north of 101st Street.

This 18th annual College Goal Sunday initiative is being held at 35 locations statewide, including six sites within northwest Indiana.

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 must complete and submit the FAFSA to be considered for most types of financial assistance awarded for the 2007-08 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 Scholarship.

Some 55 percent of Purdue Calumet students receive more than $20 million annually in financial assistance.

Prospective students who attend any College Goal Sunday site and submit a completed evaluation form will be entered in a drawing for a $300 educational prize. Three prizes will be awarded statewide. Winners will be notified in March; prizes will be sent directly to the college or university selected by winning students.

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 2006 IRS 1040 tax return or a draft, W-2 statement(s) and any other 2006 income and benefits-related information.

Students 24 or older may attend alone and bring their own completed 2006 IRS 1040 tax return/draft, W-2 statement(s) and any other 2006 income and benefits-related information.

Locally, College Goal Sunday programs also are scheduled in East Chicago at Central High School, 1100 W. Columbus Dr. (Cafeteria A); in Gary at Indiana University Northwest, 3400 Broadway St. (Savannah Center Auditorium); at Valparaiso University, Chapel Drive, Union Building (Great Hall); and in Westville at Purdue North Central in the library (Student-Faculty Building, Room 144).

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.

Additional, 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 219/989-2301 or 1-800/HI-PURDUE, ext. 2301 (toll free); or by 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. 24 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. 5-8, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the concourse of the Student Union & Library and just outside the Classroom Office Building student lounge.

College Goal Sunday is a cooperative effort of the Indiana Student Financial Aid Association (ISFAA). The program is provided in cooperation with the Learn More Resource Center, the State Student Assistance Commission of Indiana and the Twenty-first Century Scholars Program. College Goal Sunday is funded by Lilly Endowment Inc., Lumina Foundation for Education and USA Funds.