Anderson University will serve as a host site for College Goal Sunday, Feb. 15, at 2 p.m. in Hartung Hall, room 101 and 102. College Goal Sunday is a statewide charitable program that provides free information and assistance to Indiana families applying for college financial aid. College Goal Sunday will take place at 36 sites throughout the state of Indiana. FAFSA forms, required by educational institutions nationwide, must be received by the federal processor by March 10, 2009 for Indiana residents. Complete information can be accessed at www.CollegeGoalSunday.org.
College Goal Sunday mobilizes financial aid professionals, primarily from Indiana colleges and universities, to help families complete the Free Application for Federal Student Financial Aid (FAFSA). This form is required for any student seeking federal grants and loans at virtually any school in the country.
Students should attend College Goal Sunday with their parent(s) or guardian(s) and bring their parents’ completed 2007 IRS 1040 tax returns, W-2 Forms and other 2008 income and benefits information. If students worked last year, they should also bring their income information. Students 24 years of age or older may attend alone and bring their own completed 2007 IRS 1040 tax return, W-2 Form or other 2008 income and benefits information. Pens and FAFSA forms will be provided, but students are encouraged to bring their own FAFSA forms and their U.S. Department of Education Personal Identification Numbers (PIN) if filing online. Parents will also need to obtain PINs to file online. To obtain a PIN, go to www.pin.ed.gov .
Students attending College Goal Sunday qualify for a chance to win an educational prize to help with their higher education expenses. Three educational prizes, worth $300 each, will be awarded statewide – one for northern Indiana, one for central Indiana and one for southern Indiana. The winners will be notified in March; prizes will be sent directly to the higher education institutions selected by winning students. To enter the drawing, students must attend College Goal Sunday and submit a completed evaluation form.
For more information, please about College Goal Sunday contact the Indiana Career and Postsecondary Advancement Association hotline toll-free at 1-800-992-2076 or the Anderson University Office of Financial Aid at 765-641-4180 or 1-800-421-1026. In addition, persons can visit College Goal Sunday through the World Wide Web at www.collegegoalsunday.org .
College Goal Sunday 2009 is a cooperative, charitable effort of the Indiana Student Financial Aid Association (ISFAA). College Goal Sunday, sponsored by ISFAA, is offered 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 and USA Funds, three Indiana-based nonprofit organizations with a particular interest in higher education.
Anderson University is a private Christian university of 2,750 undergraduate and graduate students in central Indiana. Anderson continues to be recognized as a top Christian college: in 2008, U.S. News and World Report ranked Anderson University among the best colleges and universities in the Midwest for the fourth consecutive year. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, Anderson University offers more than 65 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, education, music, nursing and theology.