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Geraldine Ireland-Bryant, right, client service representative in Purdue University Northwest's financial aid office, helps Martha Gallegos, left, of Hammond, complete FAFSA information during the College Goal Sunday program at the Hammond campus.

Kale Wilk, The Times

VALPARAISO — United Way of Porter County has partnered with three community partners to provide free FAFSA filing services beginning Friday.

Known as FAFSA Fridays, the program offers services at two Porter County locations October through April on the second Friday of each month. The program is available thanks to a partnership with Valparaiso University, Neighbors’ Educational Opportunities and Indiana Tech.

“As I conversed with parents sending their children off to college, we saw a need to assist them in getting the financial support they needed to do so,” said Kim Olesker, president & CEO of United Way of Porter County. “We are grateful to our partners for joining us in this effort.”

This opportunity is open to all seeking assistance to file their college financial aid paperwork. Participation is by appointment only. Participants should bring a hard copy of their 2015 income tax information, including W2, and the student's Social Security number with them to the appointment.

Appointments are approximately 30 minutes long and available from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Program locations are United Way of Porter County in Valparaiso and Neighbors’ Educational Opportunities in Portage.

For more information about FAFSA Fridays and to make an appointment, visit UnitedWayPC.org/FAFSA.

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