Indiana students, families benefited from College Goal Sunday 2012; 2013 Event Slated for February 24
- Created on Thursday, 23 February 2012 19:53
INDIANAPOLIS --College Goal Sunday 2012, held at 40 sites statewide on February 12, assisted Indiana students and their families in filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and resulted in nearly 1,250 FAFSAs being filed online.
Students and families attending the event received free, professional assistance in filling out the FAFSA, the financial aid form required by postsecondary educational institutions nationwide.
Individuals seeking grants, scholarships and loans to attend any college or technical school nationwide are required to submit the FAFSA, which must be received by the federal processor by March 10. In its 23-year history, College Goal Sunday has helped approximately 90,000 Hoosier students and families complete the form.
A total of 552 volunteers helped students and parents complete the FAFSA form at the Sunday afternoon session. These included college financial aid advisors, Twenty-first Century Scholars Program professionals, high school guidance counselors and other community volunteers with financial aid expertise.
"As financial aid professionals, our goal is to make the complicated financial aid process easier for Indiana families," said Donette Cassman, senior account executive at Sallie Mae, Inc., and College Goal Sunday co-chair. "This year we were pleased that our efforts to reach those students who needed help culminated in an extremely successful event."
For information about the FAFSA, financial aid or higher education, the Indiana Student Financial Aid Association encourages students and families to call The Learn More Resource Center's Helpline at 800-992-2076 (toll free). From January 2 through College Goal Sunday on February 12, 2012, the Helpline received 307 calls from individuals inquiring about College Goal Sunday. Families may continue to call the Learn More Helpline with their financial aid questions.
College Goal Sunday is sponsored by the Indiana Student Financial Aid Association in cooperation with Learn More Resource Center, the State Student Assistance Commission of Indiana and The Twenty-first Century Scholars Program. It is funded by Lilly Endowment, Inc., Lumina Foundation for Education, USA Funds and Indiana Secondary Market for Education Loans, Inc.
Contact: Cathy Hendricks, 812-232-2875
Learn More Resource Center Helpline
1-800-992-2076 (toll free)