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.