Financial aid experts from the University of Wisconsin-Superior and other institutions will provide free help for college-bound students applying for financial aid as part of College Goal Wisconsin at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 16, in Swenson Hall on the UWS campus.

Anyone from any state who is interested in attending any college or university can attend the free College Goal event at UWS to get help filing their FAFSA. Swenson Hall is located at 1610 Weeks Ave.

College Goal Wisconsin is part of a nationwide effort by financial aid professionals to help prospective college students of all ages fill out and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid or FAFSA for the 2020-21 academic year. The federal government requires the FAFSA from all students seeking financial aid, including loans and grants, to help pay for college.

To complete a FAFSA, the following information is needed for both the student and the parent: Social Security number, alien registration card or permanent resident card; 2018 federal tax returns and W2s; 2018 untaxed income records, such as child support or veteran's non-education benefits; information on savings, investments, business and farm assets, if applicable; cellphone; parent(s) date of birth; month and year of parents' marriage, divorce or separation.

Each student and one parent must have a FSA ID. Visit fsaid.ed.gov to create an FSA ID. For assistance, call 800-433-3243.

It is recommended that a dependent student attend with their parent/guardian so the FAFSA can be submitted that evening.