FAFSA Fridays 

Time to file your FAFSA for college? We can help. And, it's free!

United Way of Porter County is offering free filing services to all Northwest Indiana residents who are completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for the 2019-2020 school year. If you are in high school, a college undergraduate, a graduate student or adult getting ready to attend college, this service is for you.

Services will be available at the United Way of Porter County office and Neighbors’ Educational Opportunities (NEO) in Portage on the 2nd Friday of each month, October through April prior to the FAFSA deadline. Appointments are available at United Way of Porter County from 2 pm - 3:30 pm, and at NEO from 12 pm - 1:30 pm. 

Make sure to bring:

  • Parent/guardians’ and student's most recent tax forms (1040) and W2 information
  • Student's and parents' social security number
  • Your FSA ID and password 
    • If you are filing for the first time, you can register for an FSA ID here. This will be used to log in to your FAFSA form. 
    • If you are a returning student, make sure your FSA ID and password are still correct. Requesting log in assistance can take some time, so be sure to do this before your appointment! 


  • If you are under 24 years old, unmarried, non-military, have never been a ward of the state, and have no children, you must bring a parent/guardian and all documents noted above with you.
  • If you are a parent/guardian registering your child, you and your child must both be present at the appointment.
  • Appointments will be made available one month prior to second Friday date.
Below are the dates for the 2019-2020 school year. Click the button below to reserve your 30-minute timeslot. 
  • January 11 at United Way of Porter County; January 18 at NEO 
  • February 8
  • March 8
  • April 12

Can't make it on a Friday? There are College Goal Sunday events that occur two Sundays during the enrollment period. The next session takes place on February 24, 2019. For more information, visit CollegeGoalSunday.org and find a location near you.

For more information about the FAFSA and other college resources, check out these websites: Federal Student Aid OfficeNational College Access Network and AffordableColleges.com.