How to Apply
|On-line (fast & easy), click here to see why online is better than mailing the paper FAFSA.|
|A. Apply for a FSA ID.|
|If you are a dependent student, the parent signing your application will also need a PIN.|
|B. Apply online.|
|Application is processed...|
|C. Response is sent to student via email within 1-3 weeks|
|If no response is received in 3 weeks, call 1-800-433-3243.|
|After application has been processed...|
|D. Check Student Aid Report for accuracy of data processed.|
Paper applications are being phased out and are no longer available in the financial aid office. You may request a paper FAFSA by contacting 1.800.433.3243 (1.800.4FED AID)
You must re-apply for federal financial aid every year. The 2014-2015 Free Application for Federal Student Aid ("FAFSA") www.fafsa.ed.gov is available NOW.
Completing the FAFSA
What Documents Do You Need to Fill Out the FAFSA?
You will need records of income earned in the year prior to when you will start school. You may also need records of your parents' income information if you are a .
For the 2016-2017 school year, you will need financial information from 2015. You may need to refer to:
- Your Social Security card. It is important that you enter your Social Security Number correctly!
- Your driver's license (if any)
- Your 2015 W-2 forms and other records of money earned
- Your (and if married, your spouse's) 2015 Federal Income Tax Return.
- IRS 1040, 1040A, 1040 EZ
- Foreign Tax Return, or
- Tax Return for Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa, the U.S. Virgin Islands, the Marshall Islands, the Federal States of Micronesia, or Palau
- Your Parents' 2015 Federal Income Tax Return (if you are a dependent student)
- Your 2015 untaxed income records
- Your current bank statements
- Your current business and investment mortgage information, business and farm records, stock, bond and other investment records
- Your alien registration or permanent resident card (if you are not a U.S. citizen)
To organize your information, you can print and complete a FAFSA on the Web Worksheet before you begin entering your information online. However, you are not required to do so. FAFSA on the Web will guide you through the questions that you must answer, and you can save your application and return to it later if you don't have the information you need to answer any of the questions.
Keep these records! You may need them again. Do not mail your records to Federal Student Aid.
Reminder: If selected for verification you will need to provide tax transcripts instead of tax returns to the Financial Aid Office.
Renewal Requirements Information
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