FAFSA Frenzy to go virtual Saturday

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

The Indiana Commission for Higher Education is encouraging all students to file the 2020-21 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) before the approaching April 15 deadline.

As part of the state’s annual Cash for College campaign, the Commission is joining with INvestED Indiana to host a virtual FAFSA Frenzy event this Saturday.

The annual FAFSA Frenzy is typically held in person. However, it will be held virtually to maintain the health and safety of Hoosiers during the COVID-19 outbreak and follow Gov. Eric Holcomb’s executive orders on staying at home and social distancing.

Students and families can seek assistance through the Commission’s Learn More Indiana social media platforms, which will be manned by Commission staff members during the live event. Staff will be answering common FAFSA questions and posting videos about the application.

The FAFSA Frenzy will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. and can be followed on Learn More Indiana’s accounts on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

To best serve the state through texts and phone calls, the Commission has split Indiana into eight regions. A full list of counties and associated numbers is available at www.learnmoreindiana.org.

INvestED and the Commission’s outreach team can be contacted any time at (317) 715-9007, even after the event has ended.

Participants are advised not share Social Security numbers or other private information over social media. If a staff member cannot be reached by phone, it is encouraged to leave a voicemail which will be returned when someone is available.

Assistance with filing the FAFSA is open to anyone – regardless of age – planning to attend or thinking of attending college or some form of postsecondary education in the fall.

Filing the FAFSA is an important step in the postsecondary enrollment process for all students and families, despite socioeconomic status. Having a current FAFSA on file opens up opportunities for federal, state and institutional financial aid.

Information needed to file the FAFSA:

Federal Student Aid ID (the FSA ID is a username and password created through the FAFSA website);

Social Security number;

Driver’s license number;

Student and parents’ or guardians’ most recent federal tax returns (IRS forms 1040, 1040EZ or 1040A; students under age 23 require parents’ or guardians’ information as well as their own);

Records of money earned, including W-2 forms and recent bank statements; and

Alien registration numbers or permanent residence cards, if students, parents or guardians are not U.S. citizens.

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