February 21, 2022
College students and their families can receive help applying for financial aid Feb. 27 at the Hammond and Westville campuses of Purdue University Northwest (PNW) during free College Goal Sunday programs.
PNW’s Hammond Campus program will be housed in the Library, located on the second floor of the Student Union and Library Building, 2233 173rd Street, Hammond. The Westville Campus program will be held in Room 219 of the Technology Building, 1401 SUS 421, Westville. The program runs from 2-4 p.m. CST at both locations.
The FAFSA deadline is approaching
College Goal Sunday helps Indiana students complete their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA is a requirement for students to be eligible for state and federal student grants, scholarships, and loans offered by most colleges, universities, and vocational schools across the United States.
The FAFSA submission deadline to be eligible for Indiana financial aid is April 15, 2022.
View PNW’s Financial Aid Application Guide
“If you need money for college, the FAFSA provides resources to help you with some of those educational expenses,” says Tanika House, PNW’s assistant director of financial aid. “No matter where you plan to attend, this event helps students and their families complete the FAFSA application to receive the maximum amount of financial aid and scholarships available.”
College Goal Sunday, a charitable program run by the Indiana Student Financial Aid Association, has helped more than 94,000 Indiana students and families complete the FAFSA correctly and on time. This is the 33rd year of College Goal Sunday.
“Students who don’t complete their financial aid paperwork correctly and on time are often very disappointed when they find out how much financial aid they’ve lost,” said Bill Wozniak, Co-Chair of College Goal Sunday. “That’s why the Indiana Student Financial Aid Association not only continues to offer College Goal Sunday, but also offers two events during the year. If our aid gives students a better chance of pursuing an education beyond high school education and less debt, we are fulfilling our mission.
“Last year, Indiana high school graduates missed out on $65 million in Pell Grants by not filing the FAFSA,” said Teresa Lubbers, Indiana’s Commissioner of Higher Education. “If you are considering education beyond high school, filing the FAFSA is the best way to ensure you receive the financial aid available. College Goal Sunday offers one-on-one assistance from financial aid experts to students and families to ensure their FAFSA is completed correctly.
Students who do not complete their financial aid documents correctly and on time are often very disappointed when they find out how much financial aid they have lost.
Equipment to bring
Students aged 23 or under must attend College Goal Sunday with one or more parents or guardians. Parents and guardians should bring completed 2020 IRS 1040 tax returns, W-2 forms, and other 2020 income and benefits information. Students who have worked should also bring their income information .
Students age 24 and older may attend on their own and bring their completed 2020 IRS 1040 tax return, Form W-2, or other 2020 income and benefits information.
Students and parents are encouraged to apply for their US Department of Education FSA ID on studentaid.gov before coming to the event.
Volunteers will go through the online form line by line and answer individual family questions as needed. All sites offer FAFSA online functionality and many have Spanish interpreters.
Students who attend College Goal Sunday and submit a completed evaluation form will be entered into a drawing to win one of five $1,000 College Goal Sunday scholarships. Winners will be notified in the spring and scholarships will be sent directly to the higher education institution selected by the winning students.
Financial aid information can be obtained from Purdue Northwest by visiting the university’s financial aid website at www.pnw.edu/finaid; email the Office of Financial Aid at [email protected]; or by calling the office at 219-989-2301 (Hammond) or 219-785-5460 (Westville).
For more information and a complete list of sites, individuals can visit the College Goal Sunday website at http://www.collegegoalsunday.org/.
College Goal Sunday is a charitable collaboration involving the Indiana Student Financial Aid Association, in cooperation with the Indiana Commission on Higher Education. College Goal Sunday is co-funded by Lilly Endowment Inc. and INvestEd.