Free Help Available for College Financial Aid
Monday / February 8, 2016
Volunteers to help families fill out FAFSA
Students and families can get free assistance with forms required for federal financial aid at Iowa College Goal Sunday held at Marshalltown Community College (MCC) and Iowa Valley Grinnell (IVG). Marshalltown Community College events will take place from 4-7 pm on Feb. 23, Feb. 25, and March 3, in the MCC Computer Lab 215. The Grinnell campus event will take place 4-7 pm on Tuesday, March 1, in the IVG Computer Lab 107.
“Iowa College Goal Sunday events provide the opportunity for students and families to receive professional guidance and assistance with the financial aid forms, helping to ensure a student has the best chance at the maximum amount of financial aid available to them,” said Brittania Morey, state coordinator of Iowa College Goal Sunday. “For many the financial aid process is a scary thing and getting free help from a professional financial aid expert helps them relax a bit and reduces the overall stress planning for college can have on a family.”
Volunteers for Iowa College Goal SundaySM will help students and their families fill out and file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as part of a national program that helps students qualify for federal financial aid. Students or parents may attend individually, but it’s best if the student and at least one parent or guardian come together. Certain paperwork is required to fill out the forms.
To complete the FAFSA, families should bring, for both the student and parent, the following:
- Social Security number, driver’s license number and date of birth
- Most recent federal and state tax returns
- W-2 forms or other records of income earned last year
- Current bank statements and investment records
- Records of untaxed income received last year
- 2013 business and farm records
- Alien registration numbers if not a U.S. citizen
Students and parents may also register in advance for federal personal identification numbers (PINs) to electronically sign the forms and make future changes. To request a PIN, visit www.pin.ed.gov.
About College Goal Sunday
The Iowa College Goal Sunday is part of the national College Goal SundaySM program, currently managed by USA Funds and held in 40 states and the District of Columbia. The program is funded by a grant through USA Funds with additional support from the Iowa Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (IASFAA).