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College-bound students and their families can get expert help with filing applications for federal financial aid starting 2 p.m. Sunday at the Columbus Learning Center, 4555 Central Ave.

The event is part of College Goal Sunday, a donor-funded national outreach program held at 41 sites statewide by the Indiana Student Financial Aid Association, said Susan Sullivan, director of communications and marketing for IUPUC.

Locally, volunteers from IUPUC, Ivy Tech Community College — Columbus/Franklin and Harrison College will help current and future students file Free Application for Federal Student Aid forms.

Anyone who plans to seek federal or state aid for college this fall is required to complete the form. Indiana residents must submit completed forms by March 10 to be eligible for state aid, Sullivan said.

Financial aid includes scholarships, grants and loans.

High school students and adults 23 or younger should bring their parents and their families’ completed 2012 1040 tax returns, Sullivan said. Students who were employed part or full time in 2012 should bring their own tax returns and W2 forms.

Attendees also should bring personal identification numbers provided by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid organization. Students who do not have a number should apply online at www.pin.ed.gov before the event.

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