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College Goal Sunday set to help students with financial aid

NEW ALBANY, IN, (Feb. 18, 2013) – The Indiana University­ Southeast Financial Aid department will host College Goal Sunday, a statewide program dedicated to helping Indiana students and their parents take advantage of the resources they need to succeed, this weekend.

The event will take place at 2 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 24 in the IU Southeast Library.

Financial aid professionals from Indiana colleges and universities will help students who qualify for undergraduate admission to a college or technical school in 2013 complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

“Nearly half of Indiana’s college students qualify for financial aid from the State of Indiana,” said Donette Cassman, Sallie Mae, Inc., chairman of College Goal Sunday. “College Goal Sunday helps students and families better understand the financial aid process and brings students one step closer to fulfilling their educational goals.”

College Goal Sunday is geared toward Indiana high school seniors and high school graduates who qualify for undergraduate admission to a college or technical school in 2013, as well as current college students in need of financial aid who would like help filling out the FAFSA.

Students should attend with their parent(s) or guardian(s) and bring their parents’ completed 2012 IRS 1040 tax returns, W-2 Forms, and other 2012 income and benefits information.

“The FAFSA process can really open the door for students,” Sara Wooden, IU Southeast associate director of financial aid said, “It also gives parents a peace of mind knowing they have a place they can come to ask questions about the financial side of things.”

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