Ivy Tech to Host College Goal Sunday November 3

CGS LogoFinancial aid professionals will be volunteering at Ivy Tech Community College Evansville Campus to help college-bound students and their families open the door to financial aid during College Goal Sunday. The event is set for 2 p.m. Nov. 3, in the Library of Ivy Tech at 3501 N. First Avenue, Evansville.

The free program assists Indiana students in filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA form is required for students to be considered for federal and state grants, scholarships and student loans at most colleges, universities and vocational/technical schools nationwide. The FAFSA MUST be filed by April 15 to be eligible for Indiana financial aid.

“College Goal Sunday is helpful because completing this required form correctly and by the deadline is sometimes perceived to be complicated and time consuming,” said Casey Trela, director of financial aid. “In less than one afternoon at a College Goal Sunday event, students and their families can get free help and file the form online.”

Now in its 31st year, College Goal Sunday has helped more than 94,000 Indiana students and families complete the FAFSA properly and on time. College Goal Sunday is a charitable program of the Indiana Student Financial Aid Association (ISFAA).

What students should bring
Students should attend College Goal Sunday with their parent(s) or guardian(s), and parents’ should bring:

·         Completed 2018 IRS 1040 tax returns

·         W-2 Forms

·         Other 2018 income and benefits information

·         Students who worked last year should bring their income information

·         Students 24 years of age or older may attend alone and bring their own completed 2018 IRS 1040    tax return, W-2 Form or other 2018 income and benefits information.

·         Students and parents are encouraged to apply for their U.S. Department of Education FSA IDs at fsaid.ed.gov before coming to the event.

Volunteers will walk through the online form line-by-line and answer families’ individual questions as needed. All sites offer FAFSA online capabilities and many have Spanish interpreters. A complete list of sites is available at CollegeGoalSunday.org.

Attendees may win educational prizes
Students may also win one of five $1000 scholarships. Students who attend any of the College Goal Sunday sites and submit a completed evaluation form will automatically be entered in a drawing for a $1000 scholarship. The winners will be notified in December, and prizes will be sent directly to the higher education institution selected by the winning students.

 21st Century Scholars benefit
21st Century Scholars are income-eligible students who sign a contract in the seventh or eighth grade promising they will graduate from high school, meet grade point requirements, fulfill a pledge of good citizenship, and apply for college financial aid. Upon high school graduation, Scholars who have fulfilled the commitment receive state funds to help cover their college tuition and fees for eight semesters at eligible Indiana colleges. To fulfill their pledge, scholars must submit a completed FAFSA form on time. College Goal Sunday can help.

Program is a national model
College Goal Sunday originated right here in Indiana and is now a national model. Following Indiana’s example, College Goal Sunday events organized by more than 34 states have opened doors to higher education for hundreds of thousands of students all over the country.

For more information about College Goal Sunday, visit CollegeGoalSunday.org

Ivy Tech to Host College Goal Sunday November 3

Ivy Tech Community College offering Indiana Volunteer Firefighters scholarship program

firefighter 2The Indiana Volunteer Firefighter’s Association and Ivy Tech Community College have partnered to give volunteer first responders across Indiana the chance to earn a two-year degree, tuition free.

What first started as an idea from State Representative Randy Frye (R-Greensburg) turned into a new program to recruit and retain volunteer firefighters, in an effort to address the growing shortage of first responders, particularly in Indiana’s rural areas.  Rep. Frye introduced HB 1064 to establish an Ivy Tech scholarship fund, and the intent was to provide scholarship funds to volunteer first responders attending any program at Ivy Tech. The bill passed the House, but was not heard in the Senate.

Ivy Tech stepped in and has committed to provide $250,000 over two years to pay for tuition and fees for volunteer first responders to attend academic programs, with the exception of Flight Aviation and General Studies.

“Volunteer firefighters and EMS personnel are critical to keeping us safe,” Frye said. “Unfortunately, many of our rural communities are seeing a decline in the number of people stepping into these roles. This scholarship will help attract new volunteers who will reap the rewards of this fulfilling service while furthering their education.”

As long as a volunteer first responder is enrolled as a degree seeking student, and holds good standing with a volunteer fire department, the individual may be eligible to receive a two-year degree for free. This offer applies to future and current Ivy Tech students; however, students must maintain satisfactory academic progress to remain eligible.

To learn more, visit www.ivfa.org or IvyTech.edu/volunteer.

Ivy Tech Community College offering Indiana Volunteer Firefighters scholarship program