LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Future college students across Indiana took advantage of College Goal Sunday.
The event offered free help to students filling out the FAFSA form. Ivy Tech Community College in Lafayette was among the 37 participating sites.
The FAFSA form will help determine the federal, state and institutional aid a student will receive for college. That’s why volunteers like Debbie Barabas say it's important the form is done correctly and done on time.
“It could potentially mean a lot of money for students if they don't meet that deadline,” said Barabas. “If they file past that deadline the only thing they're really going to qualify for is federal aid.”
For many families in attendance, this was their first time filling out the form. They say this event was very helpful.
“The whole process is pretty smooth, I felt very comfortable doing everything and I guess I feel relieved now that I got it done,” said Tony Mejia, Harrison High School senior. “The whole process is pretty smooth, I felt very comfortable doing everything and I guess.”
“I'm the firstborn in my family and so we've never had to get through filing any of this type of stuff before,” said Zoe Edwards, McCutcheon High School Senior. “We were unsure of what to do and the people here were super helpful.”
College Goal Sunday was created in Indiana and this year marks the 31st event. If you missed this session there will be another session in February 2020. You can find more information here.