On February 23rd, at 37 sites across Indiana, financial aid experts will once again help Hoosier families file the most important form for free money for college. This is the 31st year for College Goal Sunday in Indiana, an event that has helped tens of thousands of Hoosier families file the FAFSA.
Attached is information about College Goal Sunday, which began in Indiana and has spread across the country. Families MUST file the FAFSA by April 15th to be eligible for state of Indiana financial aid. The form is the gateway to financial aid, but is often perceived as difficult by many families that could lose thousands of dollars if they don’t file by the state deadline.
Original Press Release
INDIANAPOLIS – Financial aid professionals will be volunteering at 37 sites in Indiana to help college-bound
students and their families open the door to financial aid during College Goal Sunday. The event is set for 2
p.m. (local time), February 23rd, 2020.
The free program assists Indiana students in filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
The FAFSA form is required for students to be considered for federal and state grants, scholarships, and
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 is important because
completing this required form correctly, and by the deadline, is sometimes perceived to be complicated and
time consuming. In less than one afternoon at a College Goal Sunday event, students and their families can
get free help and file the form online.
Now in its 31st year, College Goal Sunday has helped more than 94,000 Indiana students and families
complete the FAFSA properly and on time. College Goal Sunday is a charitable program of the Indiana
Student Financial Aid Association (ISFAA).
College Goal Sunday Doubles the Help Offered
“The event on February 23rd will be the second College Goal Sunday ISFAA is offering this FAFSA filing
season.” said Bill Wozniak, co-chair of College Goal Sunday. “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.”
According to the Indiana Commission for Higher Education, programs like College Goal Sunday are reaching
first-generation college students. In recent years, according to CHE statistics, more single-parent Hoosier
families have filed for financial aid indicating programs like College Goal Sunday are reaching high-risk
students and their families.
“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,” said Wozniak. “This is why the Indiana Student
Financial Aid Association not only continues to provide College Goal Sunday, but offers two events during
the year. If our assistance gives students a better chance at higher education and less debt, we’re fulfilling our
What students should bring
Students should attend College Goal Sunday with their parent(s) or guardian(s), and parents should bring
completed 2018 IRS 1040 tax returns, W-2 Forms and other 2018 income and benefits information. Students
who worked last year should bring their income information as well. Students 24 years of age or older may
attend alone and bring their own completed 2018 IRS 1040 tax return, W-2 Form or other 2018 income and
benefits information. Students and parents are encouraged to apply for their U.S. Department of Education
FSA IDs at fsaid.ed.gov before coming to the event.
Volunteers will walk through the online form line-by-line and answer families’ individual questions as
needed. All sites offer FAFSA online capabilities and many have Spanish interpreters. A complete list of sites
is available at CollegeGoalSunday.org.
Attendees may win educational prizes
Students may win one of five $1,000 scholarships. Students who attend any of the College Goal Sunday sites
and submit a completed evaluation form will automatically be entered in a drawing for a $1,000 scholarship.
The winners will be notified in March, and prizes will be sent directly to the higher education institution
selected by the winning students.
21st Century Scholars benefit
21st Century Scholars are income-eligible students who sign a contract in the seventh or eighth grade
promising they will graduate from high school, meet grade point requirements, fulfill a pledge of good
citizenship, and apply for college financial aid. Upon high school graduation, Scholars who have fulfilled the
commitment receive state funds to help cover their college tuition and fees for eight semesters at eligible
Indiana colleges. To fulfill their pledge, scholars must submit a completed FAFSA form on time. College
Goal Sunday can help.
Program is a national model
College Goal Sunday originated right here in Indiana and is now a national model. Following Indiana’s
example, College Goal Sunday events organized by more than 34 states have opened doors to higher
education for hundreds of thousands of students all over the country.
For more information about College Goal Sunday visit CollegeGoalSunday.org.
College Goal Sunday is a cooperative, charitable effort of the Indiana Student Financial Aid Association
(ISFAA). It is provided in cooperation with the Indiana Commission for Higher Education, and is funded by
Lilly Endowment, Inc. and INvestEd.