FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Jan. 10, 2016
Free FAFSA Assistance for Northeast Indiana Residents
FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Several Northeast Indiana organizations are partnering with the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership’s Big Goal Collaborative to offer free support to students and families in completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Filling out the FAFSA, a government form that streamlines the college financial aid process, is a must to qualify for assistance, scholarships and other sources of funding that reduce the burdens of student loans. The deadline to submit the FAFSA is March 10.
The free FAFSA support will be offered at various locations in Allen County and DeKalb County from January through March.
Trained personnel from K-12 and regional higher education institutions will be volunteering their time to support this initiative. The goal of this program is to help increase the number of students in Northeast Indiana completing the FAFSA, which will connect more individuals to post-secondary opportunities and help the region meet its Big Goal of 60 percent post-secondary credential and degree attainment by 2025.
“By offering this free FAFSA assistance support, we are creating a region that supports the educational success of every individual while developing a dependable and reliable workforce to meet the needs of regional employers,” said Wylie Sirk, director of educational leadership at IPFW and member of the Big Goal Collaborative’s High School Action Team.
All students and families in Northeast Indiana are invited to attend and take advantage of the free assistance offered at various locations throughout the region.
“To reach the Big Goal, we must remove any and all obstacles to college access. The free FAFSA assistance program ensures that we are helping those who wish to continue their education. In Northeast Indiana, it’s programs like this that develop talent, increase educational attainment and support our regional employers’ need for a talented workforce,” said Domini Martin-Urban, associate director of regional initiatives for the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership.
As part of ongoing collaborations aligned with the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership’s Vision 2020 Initiative and the Big Goal Collaborative, collaborating partners include the Allen County and DeKalb County College and Career Success Coalitions, Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW), the Allen County Public Library, Indiana Department of Education, Indiana Youth Institute, Ivy Tech Community College Northeast, Fort Wayne Community Schools, Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership, Northeast Indiana Works, Olin B. and Desta Schwab Foundation, Questa Education Foundation, Region 8 Education Service Center, SCAN and Southwest Allen County Schools.
Dates, times and locations for the free FASFA support:
5-8 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 17 at Indiana Tech, Academic Building, Room 234, 1600 Washington St., Fort Wayne, IN
9 a.m.-6 p.m., Friday, Jan. 27 at 3 Rivers Federal Credit Union, 1605 Northland Blvd., Fort Wayne, IN (Spanish translator available)
4-7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 9 at the Eckhart Library, 603 S Jackson St, Auburn, IN
2-4 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 12 at Ivy Tech, 3800 N Anthony Blvd., Fort Wayne, IN
2-4 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 12 at Eastside High School, 603 E. Green St., Butler, IN
4-7 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 23 at the Warterloo Library, 300 S Wayne St., Waterloo, IN
9 a.m.-6 p.m., Friday, Feb. 24 at 3 Rivers Federal Credit Union, 1605 Northland Blvd., Fort Wayne, IN (Spanish translator available)
5-8 p.m., Monday, Feb. 27 at the Allen County Public Library, 900 Library Plaza, Fort Wayne, IN
5-8 p.m., Wednesday, March 1 at the Renaissance Pointe YMCA, 2323 Bowser Ave, Fort Wayne, IN
4-7 p.m., Thursday, March 2 at the Garrett Library, 107 W Houston St, Garrett, IN
9 a.m.-6 p.m., Friday, March 3 at 3 Rivers Federal Credit Union, 1605 Northland Blvd., Fort Wayne, IN (Spanish translator available)
5-8 p.m., Wednesday, March 8 at the Allen County Public Library, 900 Library Plaza, Fort Wayne, IN
9 a.m.-6p.m., Friday, March 10 at 3 Rivers Federal Credit Union, 1605 Northland Blvd., Fort Wayne, IN (Spanish translator available)
What to bring:
- Federal Student Aid username and password created before arrival
- Social Security Number
- Driver’s License Number
- Alien Registration number or permanent residence card if you are not a U.S. citizen
- Taxable income from 2016 W-2 forms or other records of money earned or received
- Untaxed income, including workers compensation; child support; housing; food and other living allowances; veterans benefits
- 2015 Federal Income Tax Returns (IRS tax form 1040, 1040A, or 1040EZ) (corrected from previous - NOT 2016)
- 2016 bank statements
- Business and investment information; business and farm records; stocks, bonds; and other investment records
In addition to this FAFSA assistance program, the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership’s Big Goal Collaborative is partnering with NIPSCO for the second FAFSA Completion Competition for regional high schools. The competition runs through March 10. Three winning high schools will each be given a $1,500 scholarship to award to a graduating senior.
Students and families can also get help completing the FAFSA by going online to www.fafsa.ed.gov or calling 1-800-433-3243.
About the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership
The Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership was formed in 2006 to build a globally competitive economy in Northeast Indiana. It is a public-private partnership with the mission to build, market and sell Northeast Indiana to increase business investment. In 2010, the Partnership launched Vision 2020 to bring the region together around five key areas for economic growth: 21st Century Talent, Competitive Business Climate, Entrepreneurship, Infrastructure and Quality of Life. The Partnership supports 11 member counties: Adams, Allen, DeKalb, Huntington, Kosciusko, LaGrange, Noble, Steuben, Wabash, Wells and Whitley counties. For more information, visit www.neindiana.com.
Assocaite Director of Regional Initiatives
Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership