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Free FAFSA aid available in 6 NWI locations this month for College Goal Sunday

Free FAFSA aid available in 6 NWI locations this month for College Goal Sunday

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College Goal Sunday is Feb. 23.

Financial experts will be available in six Northwest Indiana locations Feb. 23 to offers students help filing their Free Application for Federal Student Aid.

For the 30th year, the Indiana Student Financial Aid Association program, College Goal Sunday, will seek to help students attain consideration for state and federal grants through the FAFSA program.

The FAFSA qualifies college-bound students for scholarships at most colleges, universities and technical or vocational schools across the country.

To apply, students submit their applications by the national FAFSA filing date, April 15.

Staff at participating Northwest Indiana locations will provide line-by-line guidance to assist students and their families in the filing process.

The program has helped more than 94,000 Hoosier students and their families file FAFSA, according to a Purdue University Northwest news release.

"This event provides a great opportunity for prospective students to receive free help in completing what can sometimes be a complicated and confusing process," PNW Executive Director of Financial Aid Michael Biel said in the news release. "I would encourage anyone looking at attending college who has questions about the financial aid process to attend."

Students are encouraged to bring their Financial Student Aid ID and relevant documents, including their parent or guardian's 2018 IRS 1040 tax returns, W-2 forms or other 2018 income and benefits information.

Students who have worked or are 24 years and older and encouraged to do the same.

Those 24 and older may come to the College Goal Sunday event without a family member or guardian.

Participating students statewide will have the opportunity to enter a drawing for a $1,000 scholarship.

Select locations will provide FAFSA online and Spanish language interpreters.

All Northwest Indiana locations will have personnel on site from 2 to 4 p.m. Feb. 23. Participating Northwest Indiana locations include:

  • East Chicago: Ivy Tech Community College, 410 E. Columbus Drive
  • Gary: Indiana University Northwest, 3400 Broadway, Arts & Sciences Building, Room 3070
  • Hammond: Purdue University Northwest, 2233 173rd St., Student Union & Library, Room 200
  • Rensselaer: Rensselaer Central High School, 1106 E. Grace St.
  • Valparaiso: Ivy Tech Community College, 3100 Ivy Tech Drive
  • Westville: Purdue University Northwest, 1401 S. U.S. 421, Technology Building, Room 265

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