Applying for college financial aid is not complex and can be extremely beneficial. That’s the message of College Goal Sunday, a free, financial aid application assistance program, scheduled at 2 p.m., Feb. 12 at Purdue University Northwest’s Hammond and Westville Campuses and dozens of other Indiana locations. A complete list of sites can be accessed at www.collegegoalsunday.org/.
The Purdue Northwest program takes place at the Hammond Campus in Room 200 of the Student Union & Library, 2233 173rd St. At the Westville Campus, the program is scheduled in Room 265 of the Technology Building, 1401 S. U.S. 421.
During each program, university financial aid experts and service organizational specialists will assist prospective fall 2017 college students and their parents accurately complete the Free Application for Federal Student AID (FAFSA) for submission to the federal processor.
New this year, the FAFSA can be completed and submitted by using 2015 tax information. The FAFSA submission deadline is March 10 for Indiana financial aid consideration.
FAFSA required to be considered for financial aid “To be considered for federal and state grants, student loans and many scholarships at most colleges, universities and vocational/technical schools, students must complete the FAFSA,” Purdue Northwest Director of Financial Aid Brad Remmenga said. “Knowledgeable assistance will be provided to students and parents who need help completing the FAFSA at College Goal Sunday.”
In its 29th year, College Goal Sunday has helped more than 90,000 Indiana students and their families complete the FAFSA properly and on time.
Bring 2015 tax information Students 23 or younger should attend College Goal Sunday with a parent(s) or guardian(s) and bring their family’s completed 2015 IRS 1040 tax return or a draft. Students who worked during 2015 also should bring their income information.
Students age 24 or older may attend alone and bring their own completed 2015 IRS 1040 tax return/draft.
Students and parents also are encouraged to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool to obtain 2015 tax information.
Any student who attends College Goal Sunday and submits a completed evaluation form will be entered in a drawing for a scholarship.
Other information contacts For more information, individuals may visit the College Goal Sunday website or phone the toll free help line: 800-992-2076.
Financial aid information also can be obtained at Purdue Northwest by visiting the university’s financial aid web site; e-mailing the Office of Financial Aid at firstname.lastname@example.org; or phoning the office at 219-989-2301 or at 219-785-5460.
College Goal Sunday is a charitable collaboration involving the Indiana Student Financial Aid Association (ISFAA), in cooperation with the Indiana Commission for Higher Education. College Goal Sunday is co-funded by Lilly Endowment Inc., NCAN, and the Indiana Secondary Market for Education Loans, Inc.
Purdue University Northwest Purdue University Northwest (PNW), a comprehensive regional university within the Purdue University system, has two campuses in Hammond and Westville in Northwest Indiana. The university was formed by the unification in 2016 of the former Purdue University Calumet and Purdue University North Central. With more than 15,000 students and nearly 70 undergraduate and graduate degree programs, Purdue Northwest is Indiana’s fifth largest public university. For more information about PNW, visit www.pnw.edu.