FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions



What is College Goal Alaska?

College Goal Alaska is a statewide program that provides free information and assistance to Alaskans who are applying for college financial aid. It brings financial aid professionals, primarily from state colleges and universities, together with other volunteers to help college-bound students and their families complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

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What is the FAFSA?

The FAFSA is a form that must be filled out by every student seeking federal financial aid, including grants and loans, to attend any school in the nation. You can get the form at FAFSA online.

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Who should attend College Goal Alaska?

Anyone who is interested in attending a postsecondary institution and who would like assistance filling out the primary application for financial assistance in paying education costs.

Dependent students (most unmarried students under age 24) should bring at least one parent or legal guardian to the program; and their parents' completed IRS 1040 tax return, W-2 Form or other income and benefits information.

Independent students do not need parental financial information.

Married students should bring their spouse or their spouses income information, if applicable.

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When is College Goal Alaska?

College Goal Alaska events take place across Alaska at different times and on different dates. See more information here.

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Where are College Goal Alaska events taking place?

Events will be held at locations in more than 25 communities statewide.

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What documents should I bring with me to a College Goal Alaska event?

In order to complete the FAFSA at a College Goal Alaska event, you will need your 2015 completed federal tax return. Dependent students (most unmarried students under age 24) will also require parental information. Married students will also require their spouses information.

For each applicable party, you will need to the following:

  • Social security number (can be found on social security card)
  • Alien registration card (if you are not a U.S. citizen)
  • Driver's license (if any)
  • 2015 untaxed income records including social security, Temporary Assistance to Needy Families, welfare or veterans benefits records

Other important recent income information could include:

  • 2015 bank statements
  • 2015 business and investment mortgage information, business and farm records, stock, bond and/or other investment records

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

No. If you are filling out the 2017-18 FAFSA application you will need the 2015 tax form.

 

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Do I need my parents' income information to file a FAFSA, even if they don't support my financially?

Only students who are considered "independent" students do not need parental information to file a FAFSA. Under the federal definition, an independent student is one who meets at least one of the following conditions:

  • Is 24 years old
  • Is a veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces
  • Is an orphan (parents deceased) or ward of the court (or was a ward of the court until age 18)
  • Has legal dependents other than a spouse
  • Is married
  • Is a graduate or a professional student.

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What can I do to get ready for College Goal Alaska?

One step you can take is to go to FAFSA online and apply for an FSAID before attending College Goal Alaska. You should also gather all required documents, and any additional documents you think may be relevant.

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When should I fill out the FAFSA?

You should apply as soon as possible after October 1. Students should make sure they meet deadlines for college financial aid, wich are often as early as February.

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What if I have other questions about the FAFSA?

For more FAQs on the FAFSA, try the following web sites:

You can also visit your postsecondary institution's Financial Aid Office.

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What if I can't make it to College Goal Sunday-- Where can I go for help?

Come visit The Alaska Commission On Postsecondary Education's Success Center located in the Dimond Center at 800 E. Dimond Blvd., Suite #200, Anchorage, AK, 99515. Walk-ins are welcome Monday-Thursday from 12pm - 5pm; and Friday from 9am - 5 pm.  If you can't stop by in person, or want to schedule an appointment, call 269-7980 for more information.

You can also visit your postsecondary institution's Financial Aid Office.

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