Free help with the FAFSA February 21

College-Goal-Wisconsin-logoOver 30 locations statewide are taking part in Wisconsin’s 10th annual College Goal Wisconsin. The events offer financial aid application assistance to students planning to attend college the fall of 2015. DeForest Area High School is one of two sites in Dane County to offer this event on Saturday, February 21, 2-4 pm in the Little Theater (Jefferson Street entrance) note correction from previous information. Edgewood College is also offering the same event on Wednesday, February 25 from 6 to 8 pm. Both events are available to all families in Wisconsin.

Sponsored by the Wisconsin Association for Student Financial Aid Administrators, the event is designed to help families who are completing and submitting the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The Federal Government requires a FAFSA from all students seeking financial aid, including grants and loans, to attend and pay for college. Completing the FAFSA is the first step for students to overcome the financial burdens and pursue their goals of higher education.

Students should attend with a parent or guardian, if possible. If parents are unable to attend, students may attend alone. It is recommended that participants bring the following materials. (Independent students may bring their own income and asset information.)

  • Social Security Number
  • Driver’s License (if you have one)
  • Your alien registration or permanent resident card (if you are not a U.S. citizen)
  • Date of birth
  • Parents’ month and year of marriage, divorce or separation
  • 2014 W-2, recent pay stub, or 2013 tax return and other records of money earned

You don’t have to wait until after you file your taxes! You are allowed to use estimates. OR

  • 2014 Federal Income Tax Return (and your spouse’s, if you are married) – IRS, 1040, 1040A, 1040EZ, Foreign Tax Return, or Tax Return for Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa, the U.S. Virgin Islands, the Marshall Islands, the Federal States of Micronesia, or Palau
  • 2014 untaxed income records (Veterans non-education benefit records, Child support received)
  • Information on savings, investments, business assets and farm assets (if applicable)

You can still attend even if your 2014 income information is incomplete or you forget something. You may file your FAFSA after the event once you do have the materials. You don’t want to miss out on the valuable instruction provided at College Goal Wisconsin.

College Goal Wisconsin also awards scholarships to participants each year! Attend a College Goal Wisconsin event, plan to enroll in college the following fall term, complete a scholarship drawing card, and you may win a one-time college scholarship.

For more information regarding this event, visit www.collegegoalwi.org, or contact Debbie Brewster, School/Community Relations Coordinator at dbrewster@deforestschools.org.

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