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College Bowl Sunday
Feb. 23, 2 p.m.
Free college financial aid help and information at the following locations:
•IPFW, 2101 Coliseum Blvd. E., Neff Hall (Spanish interpreters available at this site)
•Ivy Tech, 2545 Silveus Crossing, Warsaw, (room to be announced)
Students asked to bring:
Parents’ completed 2013 IRS 1040 tax returns, W-2 forms and other 2013 income and benefits information.
•Working students should bring income information
•Students 24 years of age or older may attend alone and bring their own completed 2013 IRS 1040 tax return, W-2 form or other 2013 income and benefits information
•Students and parents are encouraged to apply for their U.S. Department of Education Personal Identification Numbers at www.pin.ed.gov before coming to the event.
Complete list of locations available at www.collegegoalsunday.org/index.php/locations

2 area schools part of financial aid seminar

College-bound students and their families can get free advice and help applying for financial aid during College Bowl Sunday on Feb. 23.

The financial aid event will be at 39 sites across Indiana at 2 p.m., including IPFW, 2101 Coliseum Blvd. E., in Neff Hall, and Ivy Tech, 2545 Silveus Crossing, Warsaw.

Parents and students will receive assistance in filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid online.

FAFSA is a requirement for students to be considered for federal and state grants, loans and scholarships at most colleges, universities and vocational and technical schools.

In order to receive state aid, students, including 21st Century Scholars, must file an application by March 10.

21st Century Scholars sign a contract in middle school promising they will graduate from high school; earn at least a 2.5 grade-point average; fulfill a pledge of good citizenship; apply for admission to an eligible Indiana college or university as a high school senior; and maintain state residency.

In return, scholars who fulfill the commitment receive state funds to help cover their college tuition and fees for eight semesters at eligible Indiana colleges.

Nearly half of Indiana’s college students qualify for financial aid from the state, according to Donette Cassman of Sallie Mae Inc. who is chairwoman of College Goal Sunday.

“Financial aid professionals have seen firsthand the disappointment of students who don’t complete their financial aid paperwork properly,” Cassman said.

“That’s why the Indiana Student Financial Aid Association continues to provide College Goal Sunday. If our assistance gives students a better chance at higher education, we’re fulfilling our mission.”

vsade@jg.net

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