Free help for filling out federal student aid paperwork

Staff Report
TheStatehouseFile.com 

INDIANAPOLIS — Students can now apply for federal student aid, and the Student Financial Aid Association will be available to help with the process on College Goal Sunday.

Financial aid professionals will offer free FAFSA filing assistance at 2 p.m. on Nov. 5 at 39 locations throughout the state starting. Volunteers will walk through the online form line-by-line and answer questions. Spanish interpreters will also be provided at many locations.

File photo of the FAFSA website. Photo by Zoie Richey, TheStatehouseFile.com

Applications for the FAFSA opened Oct. 1 and must be completed by April 15 for a student to be considered for grants, scholarships and loans at most colleges, universities and technical schools nationwide.

“Students who don’t complete their financial aid paperwork properly and on time are often very disappointed when they find out how much financial aid they lost,” Bill Wozniak, co-chair of College Goal Sunday, said in a statement.

Families should bring complete IRS 1040 tax reforms, W-2 forms and other 2016 income and benefits information. Students who worked last year should also bring their income information.

“We hope all Hoosiers who have not filed already take advantage of College Goal Sunday events across Indiana, file the FAFSA and get one step closer to fulfilling their educational goals,” Wozniak said.

To find a site, visit CollegeGoalSunday.org. A second College Goal Sunday will be hosted in February.

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