‘College Goal Sunday’ helps Hoosiers through financial aid process

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) – Dozens of families flocked to Ivy Tech Community College for “College Goal Sunday,” an event that helps Hoosiers through the financial aid process.

This was the 34th year of the program, which takes place on college campuses across the state. Director of Financial Aid at Ivy Tech, Julie Wonderlin, said the focus is on helping families who have never filled out a free application for federal student aid, better known as name of FAFSA.

“We just want the kids to get off to a good start, for their college careers,” she said. “Many schools will award funds on a first-come, first-served basis, so the sooner they get the FAFSA, the better their chances of getting free funds.”

Representatives from Indiana State University, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, St. Mary’s of the Woods College and Ivy Tech were all present. Wonderlin said that while focusing on incoming students, they helped assist anyone who came in with questions.

“It’s wonderful, and when we have a big turnout, we love it,” she said. “We have already received a lot today, and we like to give our time and to be able to help people.”

Wonderlin said it could take around 30 to 45 minutes to complete the application. The process went much easier than expected for Luke Cornelius, a current high schooler who had never done it before.

“It was a little easier than expected,” he said. “I think it’s just an easy way to do something important, it’s a good program they have, so do it if you can.”

Wonderlin said the application deadline in Indiana is April 15, but schools have varying priority deadlines that may be important for students to receive greater financial aid.

She said anyone who missed Sunday’s event can contact a university’s financial aid office for help completing their application.