Louisiana Delta Community College to Host 'College Goal Sunday'

Sunday, February 16th is the date slated for the 2014 College Goal Sunday. This event will be held from 2-4 p.m. at Louisiana Delta Community College-Monroe Campus (LDCC is located 7500 Millhaven Road in Monroe, LA). College Goal Sunday is a state-based volunteer program that provides free information and assistance to students and families who are applying for financial aid for postsecondary education. Financial aid professionals from colleges and universities along with other volunteers collaborate to help college-bound students and their families complete the FAFSA -- the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. “This first step is a requirement to be considered for state and federal aid, as well as grants and loans,” explains Kimberly Bruce, Assistant Director of Financial Aid at Louisiana Delta Community College.

The FAFSA is required to be submitted every year. Completing the FAFSA, though, can be very challenging, but students and parents can get in-person assistance at a College Goal Sunday event. Students do not have to intend to enroll at LA Delta to attend this event. Attendees are asked to arrive a little early. College Goal Sunday will begin promptly at 2 p.m. and will end at 4 p.m. It is not a come and go event.

In order to be fully prepared, here’s a checklist of items to bring:

If you plan to file your FAFSA online and you already have filed your 2013 tax return, you may be able to electronically retrieve the necessary tax information directly from the Internal Revenue Service as part of the online FAFSA completion process.  The U.S. Department of Education encourages applicants and parents to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool when possible to simplify the process.  You will not be able to use this IRS process if: 

You have not yet filed taxes or are not required to file. 
You filed your tax return but have since amended it.
You filed a Puerto Rican or foreign tax return.
You are married, but filed as head of household or married filing separately.
Neither married parent entered a valid Social Security number. 
A non-married parent entered all zeroes as their Social Security number.

You should bring or have information about the following items:

  • Social Security number.
  • Driver's license state and number (if any).
  • Food Stamps (SNAP) benefits received during the last two calendar years, if any.
  • Household size.
  • Number of family members in college.
  • Amount of child support paid during 2013, if any.
  • Amount of child support received during 2013, if any. 
  • Name and state of the high school that conferred your diploma, if any.
  • Untaxed income records for 2013: 
                Social Security.
                Temporary Assistance to Needy Families.
                Veteran's benefits.

  • Current bank statements.
  • Current business and investment mortgage information, business and farm records, stock, bond, and other investment records.
  • Documentation that you are a U.S. permanent resident or other eligible noncitizen.
  • Amount of combat pay or special combat pay received during 2013, if any.
If you filed your tax return but are not using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool, bring the following additional items:

  • Your (and parents' or spouse's) most recent Federal income tax return:

                IRS Form 1040, 1040A or 1040EZ.
                Foreign tax return, or
                Tax return for Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa, the U.S. Virgin Islands,
                the Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia.

If you have not yet filed your tax return, bring the following additional items:

All applicable W-2 forms and a list of all income earned not listed on a W-2 form.

Note:  All information reviewed by the College Goal Sunday volunteers will be kept private and confidential and will not be used for any purpose other than helping students and families apply for financial aid.  Student and family identities will be protected to the best extent possible, and none of the information requested will be sent to vendors for other purposes besides applying for aid.

The College Goal Sunday program initially was created by the Indiana Student Financial Aid Association with funding from the Lilly Endowment, Inc.  Today, with support from United Student Aid Funds, Inc., and the Lumina Foundation for Education, 37 states and the District of Columbia​ offer FAFSA counseling via College Goal Sunday events and other resources.

For more information, call 318-345-9308.

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