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Volunteers offer free help in filling out FAFSA forms in Dubuque


The University of Dubuque hosted families Saturday to help fill out required forms for federal financial aid.  It's part of Iowa College Goal Sunday. Iowa College Goal Sunday is an event that started on the national level on a Super Bowl Sunday, but now has branched out to other days of the week.

The goal is to help Iowa students and families receive free help from local financial administrators in filling out forms required for federal financial aid.  Saturday, the volunteers helped students and their families fill out and file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as part of the national program that helps students qualify for federal financial aid.

This is the fourth year the University of Dubuque has hosted the event. 

Amy Gaffney is the site coordinator for Iowa College Goal Sunday at the University of Dubuque. She said it serves as a way for families to make sure forms are being filled out correctly.

"There are simple mistakes that people can make (when filling out financial aid). The most often that we see is that people enter income information that maybe doesn't have to be reported or tax information that they missed on the form," Gaffney said Saturday.

Gaffney said the free assistance can also alleviate stress that she says many feel while filling out federal financial aid.

"It is just one thing that they leave here grinning and feeling so much relief from having the process of filling out the forms done," Gaffney said.

Rick Wernimont has two children that attend Loras College in Dubuque. He said he likes knowing qualified individuals will be on hand to help answer any questions he has about the forms.

"If we need or have any questions they are going to have qualified people here to answer them," Wernimont said.

This is Wernimont's second year attending Iowa College Goal Sunday. Wernimont said last year, administrators also helped him find a couple more scholarships for his children.

"The kids got a couple of extra scholarships and stuff that they wouldn't have normally have. So it helped them out with school,." Wernimont said.

The University of Dubuque is one of 37 places across the state hosting these sessions over the next couple of months.

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