Get help filling out FAFSA forms at College Goal Sunday

2013-02-06T14:46:00Z Get help filling out FAFSA forms at College Goal SundayKaren Holland | Secretary at Purdue Calumet's Office of University Relations nwitimes.com

HAMMOND | 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 Feb. 24 at 2 p.m. at Purdue University Calumet and other state-wide sites.

College Goal Sunday programs are intended for parents or guardians and 2013-14 academic year, college-bound students who want to be considered for financial assistance.

During the programs, Purdue Calumet financial aid specialists, other university staff members and service organizational specialists will lead attendees in completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid 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 with the federal processor by March 10.

Purdue Calumet College Goal Sunday programs will be held at:

·Hammond campus in Room 130 of Lawshe Hall, north of 173rd Street, and

·Academic Learning Center in Merrillville, 9900 Connecticut Drive, some two miles south of U.S. Highway 30, north of 101st Street, just east of Broadway Avenue.

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.

More than one-half of Purdue Calumet students received financial assistance during the 2012-13 academic year.

Online FAFSA worksheets will be provided at each College Goal Sunday site. To file online, a U.S. Department of Education Personal Identification Number is required for each student and a parent. The PIN serves as an electronic signature and can be obtained by accessing www.pin.ed.gov.

Twenty-first Century Scholars must complete a FAFSA to claim their Twenty-first Century Scholarship.

Students 23 or younger should attend with a parent(s) or guardian(s) and bring their family’s completed 2012 IRS 1040 tax return or a draft, W-2 statement(s), and any other 2012 income and benefits-related information.

Students 24 or older may attend alone and bring their own completed 2012 IRS 1040 tax return/draft, W-2 statement(s), and any other 2012 income and benefits-related information.

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

Financial aid information also can be obtained from 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 (800) HI-PURDUE, ext. 2301 (toll free); or visiting the office in the Enrollment Services Center on the first floor of Lawshe Hall.

Now in its 24th year, 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, the State Student Assistance Commission of Indiana and The Twenty-first Century Scholars Program. College Goal Sunday is co-funded by Lilly Endowment Inc., Lumina Foundation for Education, USA Funds and Indiana Secondary Market for Education Loans, Inc.

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