There’s an important – and daunting – task our high school seniors should complete on the path to college: submitting their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The deadline for Indiana students seeking financial aid for college next school year is March 10; Indianapolis Public Schools is proud to host four sites where financial aid experts will assist families with the process to qualify for college funding assistance as part of College Goal Sunday.
 
College Goal Sunday 2016 is taking place on February 21 at 2 p.m. – 42 sites statewide are supporting this important initiative.
 
“Far too often families don’t know who to ask for help with their FAFSA,” said Bill Wozniak, co-chair of College Goal Sunday. “This event helps families across the state file the FAFSA, and brings students one step closer to fulfilling their educational goals.”
 
IPS locations for College Goal Sunday are:
 
Arlington High School
4825 N. Arlington Ave.

Arsenal Technical High School
1500 E Michigan St.
Spanish interpreter available at this site.

George Washington Community High School
2215 W. Washington St.
Spanish interpreter available at the site.

Northwest Community High School
5525 W. 34th St.
Spanish interpreter available at this site.

Students should attend College Goal Sunday with a guardian; there are some important documents to bring for speedy submission of your FAFSA. These include completed 2015 IRS 1040 tax returns, W-2 Forms and other 2015 income and benefits information for a parent or guardian. Students who worked last year should bring their personal income information as well. Students and parents are encouraged to apply online for their U.S. Department of Education Federal Student Aid (FSA) ID – which allows families access to FSA’s online system and electronic signature services – at fsaid.ed.gov prior to attending the event. A checklist of important items to bring to College Goal Sunday can be found here.
 
“College Goal Sunday impacts our families by allowing them the chance to access resources to further education,” said Arsenal Technical High School Guidance Counselor Harry Mimms. “Sometimes, the lack of resources is what keeps students from achieving goals or getting to the next level. By hosting College Goal Sunday at our school, we are offering students a key major step to securing a promising future.” 

Fun Fact: College Goal Sunday began right here in Indiana and became a nationwide initiative, serving more than 90,000 students in its 27 years. We are proud to participate in this annual event supporting our families and look forward to many more successful years ahead!