College Goal Sunday

Get help filling out FAFSA financial aid form at ‘College Goal Sunday’ Feb. 23

Applying for financial aid to attend college is not complex.

That’s the message of College Goal Sunday, a free, financial aid application assistance program, scheduled Sunday (2/23) at 2 p.m. at Purdue University Calumet—Student Union & Library, Room 200—and other state-wide sites.
College Goal Sunday programs are intended for parents/guardians and 2014-15 academic year, college-bound students who want to be considered for financial assistance.
During the Purdue Calumet program, university financial aid specialists, other staff members and service organizational specialists will lead attendees in completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) step-by-step, line-by-line. To be considered for most scholarships, federal and state grants, loans and other financial awards, a completed FAFSA must be filed and received by the federal processor by March 10.
Some 55 percent of Purdue Calumet students receive financial aid.
“Most colleges, universities and vocational/technical schools require students seeking financial aid to complete the FAFSA,” Purdue Calumet Assistant Director of Financial Aid and Student Accounts Tanika House said. “College Goal Sunday will help all college-bound students, including 21st Century Scholars, complete the FAFSA properly.”
Online FAFSA worksheets will be provided during College Goal Sunday. To file online, a U.S. Department of Education Personal Identification Number (PIN) is required. The PIN serves as an electronic signature and can be obtained by accessing www.pin.ed.gov.
Students 23 or younger should attend College Goal Sunday with a parent(s) or guardian(s) and bring their family’s completed 2013 IRS 1040 tax return or a draft, W-2 statement(s), and other 2013 income and benefits-related information.
Students 24 or older may attend alone and bring their own completed 2013 IRS 1040 tax return/draft, W-2 statement(s), and any other 2013 income and benefits-related information.
Any student who attends a College Goal Sunday site and submits a completed evaluation form will be entered in a drawing for an educational prize.

For more information, individuals may visit the College Goal Sunday web site at www.collegegoalsunday.org or phone the toll free help line: 800/992-2076.

Financial aid information also can be obtained at Purdue Calumet by visiting the university’s financial aid web site at http://webs.purduecal.edu/ofasa/; e-mailing the Office of Financial Aid at finaid2@purduecal.edu; phoning the office at 219/989-2301; or visiting the office in the Enrollment Services Center on the first floor of Lawshe Hall.

College Goal Sunday is a charitable collaboration involving the Indiana Student Financial Aid Association, the Indiana Commission for Higher Education’s Division of Student Financial Aid, the Learn More Resource Center and The Twenty-First Century Scholars Program. College Goal Sunday is funded by Lilly Endowment Inc., USA Funds and Indiana Secondary Market for Education Loans, Inc.

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