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COLLEGE GOAL ALASKA (CGA)

Free FAFSA Completion Assistance Event

Millions of students who are eligible for aid fail to file the FAFSA each year, leaving "money on the table" that could be supporting their postsecondary education. More than $24 billion of financial aid goes unclaimed each year. To get this money for college or career training, all students need to do is fill out one form: the FAFSA. However, many students and parents are unfamiliar or intimidated by the FAFSA. Others may assume they will not qualify for financial aid.

By providing free FAFSA completion assistance, we can help students overcome these insecurities and debunk those myths, and help them access the funding they need in order to continue their education.

College Goal Alaska provides on-site and distance-delivered FAFSA completion assistance. Financial aid professionals from Alaska's postsecondary institutions together with the Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education specialists join volunteers in key locations across the state to help students fill out the FAFSA.

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Submit your event information and an ACPE Representative will contact you. If you have any questions in the meantime, please contact us at eed.acpe-cga@alaska.gov.

 

 

 

College Goal Sunday is a nationwide program that helps college- or career training- bound students and their families complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), the form necessary to qualify for many student aid programs to pay for postsecondary education expenses. It is of particular importance to low-income and first-generation students. College Goal Sunday began in Indiana in 1989 as a joint project of the Indiana Student Financial Aid Association and the State Student Assistance Commission of Indiana, with funding from Lilly Endowment Inc., but has since expanded nationwide.

College Goal Alaska (CGA) – formerly Alaska College Goal Sunday – was initially made possible through a three-year grant from the Lumina Foundation awarded in 2004 to the Coalition of Alaskans Supporting Higher Education (CASHE). A second grant from the Lumina Foundation funded the 2008, 2009, and 2010 CGA programs. The 2011 and 2012 CGA programs were funded by the Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education (ACPE). The 2013 CGA program was funded by ACPE with support from the U.S. Department of Education's College Access Challenge Grant Program (CACGP). The 2014 and 2015 CGA programs were funded by ACPE with support from USA Funds. The 2016 CGA program was funded by ACPE with support from the National College Access Network (NCAN). Since 2017, the CGA programs have been funded entirely by ACPE.

The first Alaska College Goal Sunday (now College Goal Alaska – CGA) took place on February 13, 2005. At that time, financial aid experts provided assistance to 690 high school students and their families in 7 communities. Since that inaugural event, the success of Alaska's program has been recognized nationally. The program has been growing with each year. By 2007, the program expanded to 17 events in 15 communities across the state reaching more than 1,600 students and families. Each school year there are 35+ CGA events held statewide helping hundreds of high school students access millions of dollars in financial aid available to them.

 

 

What is College Goal Alaska?

College Goal Alaska is a statewide program that provides free assistance to Alaskans who are applying for student financial aid. It brings financial aid professionals from postsecondary institutions in Alaska together with ACPE representatives and other volunteers to help college or career training-bound students and their families complete the Free Application for Federal Studies Aid (FAFSA).

 

What is the FAFSA?

FAFSA stands for Free Application for Federal Student Aid. The FAFSA is a form that must be filled out by students seeking federal and state financial aid to cover education expenses. The FAFSA is an application for loans, work-study, grants, and scholarships, such as the Alaska Education Grant (AEG), and the Alaska Performance Scholarship (APS).

 

Who should attend College Goal Alaska?

Anyone who is considering college or career training, and who would like assistance filling out the FAFSA (students and parents/legal guardians of dependent students, or students and spouses of independent students) should attend College Goal Alaska.

 

When and where are College Goal Alaska events taking place?

College Goal Alaska events are held across Alaska at different times and on different dates between October 1, 2018 and April 30, 2019. For specific dates and locations, please refer to the Schedule section on this site.

 

Is there anything I should do before attending a College Goal Alaska event?

You, one of your parents (if a dependent student), or your spouse (if married) should each create an FSA ID before attending a College Goal Alaska event.

Students, parents, and borrowers are required to use an FSA ID, made up of a username and password, to access certain U.S. Department of Education websites. FSA ID is used to confirm a person's identity when accessing financial aid information and electronically signing federal student aid documents, such as the FAFSA. To create an FSA ID, click here.

 

What items should I have readily available at a College Goal Alaska event?

  • Student's Social Security number
  • Student's parents' Social Security numbers (for a dependent student)
  • Student's spouse's Social Security number (if married)
  • Student's driver's license number (if any)
  • Alien Registration number if a student is not a U.S. citizen
  • 2017 Federal tax information or tax returns including IRS W-2 information; for a student (and student's spouse, if married), and for student's parents if a dependent student:
        • IRS 1040, 1040A, 1040EZ
        • Foreign tax returns (if any)
        • Tax return for Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa, the U.S. Virgin Islands, the Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, or Palau (if any)
  • Records of untaxed income, such as child support received, interest income, and veterans noneducation benefits, for a student, and for student's parents if a dependent student
  • Information on cash; savings and checking account balances; investments, including stocks and bonds and real estate (but not including the home in which student and parents live); and business and farm assets for a student, and for student's parents if a dependent student

 

Will I need to complete my 2018 tax return before filing the FAFSA?

No. If you are filling out the 2019-2020 FAFSA, you will need the 2017 tax returns.

 

Do I need my parents' financial information to file the FAFSA even if they do not support me financially?

If you are considered a dependent student, you will need to provide information about your legal parent(s) on the application. Not living with parents or not being claimed by them on tax forms does not make you an independent student for purposes of applying for federal student aid.

 

When should I fill out the FAFSA?

You should fill out the FAFSA as soon as possible after October 1. College-bound students should make sure that they meet deadlines for financial aid, which are often in February. The date of filing the FAFSA is also one of the factors that impact the awarding of the Alaska Education Grant. The sooner, the better.

 

What if I have more questions about the FAFSA?

For detailed information about the federal student aid and the FAFSA, please click here. You may also visit your postsecondary institution's Financial Aid office.

 

Where can I get help if I cannot make it to a College Goal Alaska event?

Visit the ACPE Success Center located in the Dimond Center Mall at 800 E. Dimond Blvd., Ste. 200, Anchorage, AK 99515. We welcome walk-ins Monday – Thursday, 12 p.m. – 4:30 p.m., and Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

If you cannot stop by in person, or would like to make an appointment, call the ACPE Success Center at (907) 269-7980. Appointments are available Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

 

 

Schedule

 

On-site events will be taking place between October 1, 2018 and May 31, 2019.

The interactive map below shows confirmed CGA events. More sites are being added on a continuous basis. Click on the site indicator nearest you to find out all the details about the event, and where to pick up the FAFSA Folder before the event.



 

Distance-delivered events will be available to the public once a month between November 1, 2018 and April 30, 2019 (excluding December).

Wednesday, October 17, 2018
5 p.m. | Alaska Standard Time
Event open to the public.

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Wednesday, November 7, 2018
5 p.m. | Alaska Standard Time
Event open to the public.

   Register  

Wednesday, January 16, 2019
5 p.m. | Alaska Standard Time
Event open to the public.

   Register  

Wednesday, February 6, 2019
5 p.m. | Alaska Standard Time
Event open to the public.

   Register  

Wednesday, March 13, 2019
5 p.m. | Alaska Standard Time
Event open to the public.

   Register  

Wednesday, April 10, 2019
5 p.m. | Alaska Standard Time
Event open to the public.

   Register  

 

 

  • Student's Social Security number
  • Student's parents' Social Security numbers (for a dependent student)
  • Student's driver's license number (if any)
  • Alien Registration number if a student is not a U.S. citizen
  • Federal tax information or tax returns including IRS W-2 information; for a student (and student's spouse, if married), and for student's parents if a dependent student:
      • IRS 1040, 1040A, 1040EZ
      • IRS 1040, 1040A, 1040EZ
      • Tax return for Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa, the U.S. Virgin Islands, the Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, or Palau (if any)
  • Records of untaxed income, such as child support received, interest income, and veterans noneducation benefits, for a student, and for student's parents if a dependent student
  • Information on cash; savings and checking account balances; investments, including stocks and bonds and real estate (but not including the home in which student and parents live); and business and farm assets for a student, and for student's parents if a dependent student

Students, parents, and borrowers are required to use an FSA ID, made up of a username and password, to access certain U.S. Department of Education websites. FSA ID is used to confirm a person's identity when accessing financial aid information and electronically signing federal student aid documents, such as the FAFSA.

For more information, please visit The FSA ID website, and refer to FSA ID Videos below.

 

 

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