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February 3, 2014

Division of Financial Aid reminds students to file FAFSA

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - All current and newly admitted students planning on attending Purdue University in the fall of 2014 must file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by March 1 to receive priority consideration for federal, state and university-based financial aid.

"The available amount of some types of financial aid is often limited," said David Reseigh, assistant director of outreach services at Purdue's Division of Financial Aid. "Students who wait to file their FAFSA after March 1 could miss out."

Students and their families also can get free FAFSA filing help from financial aid experts at College Goal Sunday on Feb 23, starting at 2 p.m. local time. Families in the Lafayette area can attend at Ivy Tech Community College, Ivy Hall, 3101 S. Creasy Lane. A complete list of the 30 participating sites around Indiana can be found at http://www.collegegoalsunday.org. A national list of College Goal Sunday events can be found at http://www.collegegoalsundayusa.org/.

"Dependent students age 23 and under should attend with their parent(s) or guardian(s) and bring their parents' completed 2013 IRS 1040 tax returns, W-2 forms and other 2013 income, asset and benefits information," Reseigh said. "Students who worked in 2013 should bring their own earnings information as well." 

Students 24 and older may attend alone and bring their own 2013 tax returns and other income, asset and benefits information.

Families can print a helpful worksheet and learn more about filing the FAFSA at http://www.fafsa.gov.

The Division of Financial Aid provides financial aid information to students and families through community outreach, via email and online at http://www.purdue.edu/dfa. Families can view Purdue-specific financial aid filing information at http://www.purdue.edu/dfa/howtoapply/checklist.php or by calling the Division of Financial Aid at 765-494-5050 Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Eastern time. 

Source: David Reseigh, 765-496-3919, dlreseigh@purdue.edu