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.