Columbus and North Vernon Offer Student Financial Aid Filing Assistance


Financial aid professionals will be available to help college students in Columbus and North Vernon on Sunday, November 7 as part of the College Goal Sunday event statewide.

Students can get help completing the Free Federal Student Aid Application (FAFSA) at 2 p.m. events at Ivy Tech Columbus and Jennings County High School in North Vernon.

The FAFSA form is required for students to be considered for federal and state grants, scholarships, and federal student loans at most colleges, universities, and vocational / technical schools nationwide. The FAFSA MUST be filed by April 15 to be eligible for Indiana financial aid.

College Goal Sunday helps students and their families get free help and complete the form.

“The FAFSA filing can seem intimidating to students and families at Hoosier,” Indiana Higher Education Commissioner Teresa Lubbers said. “However, this is an important step for anyone interested in education beyond high school. College Goal Sunday offers individuals the opportunity to receive one-on-one assistance from financial aid experts to ensure their FAFSA is accurately completed before the deadline.

Students should attend College Goal Sunday with their parents or guardians, and parents should bring completed 2020 IRS 1040 tax returns, W-2 forms, and other 2020 income and benefit information. worked must also provide their income information.

Students aged 24 or older can attend on their own and bring their 2020 IRS 1040 tax return, W-2 form, or other 2020 income and benefit information. Students and parents are encouraged to request their ID. FSA from the US Department of Education at studentaid.gov before logging in to the event.

Volunteers will go through the online form line by line and answer individual questions from families as needed. All sites offer FAFSA online functionality and many have Spanish interpreters. A full list of the 38 participating sites around Indiana and more information is available at CollegeGoalSunday.org.