FAFSA

Free Application for Federal Student Aid

To apply for federal financial aid, and to apply for many state student aid programs, students must complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Electronic versions of the FAFSA make applying for financial aid faster and easier than ever. To apply for 2013-2014 financial aid, you should complete the 2013-2014 FAFSA prior to April 20, 2013, to ensure priority handling of your application.

Click HERE to complete the 2013-2014 FAFSA.

The 2013-2014 academic year includes:
  • Fall 2013
  • Spring 2014
  • Summer 2014

If you plan to enroll in any of these terms, you must complete the 2013-2014 FAFSA.

For the 2013-2014 academic year and beyond, the priority FAFSA filing date is April 20th of each year for enrollment in the following fall semester.
 Note: If you are enrolling for Spring 2014 or Summer 2014, you will need to complete the 2013-2014 FAFSA prior to June 30, 2014.

WHAT’S NEW WITH THE 2013-2014 FAFSA?

  • There is exciting news about the 2013-2014 FAFSA. Filling in your income- tax information has just become much easier! The Department of Education has partnered with the Internal Revenue Service to create the IRS Data Retrieval System.  Important things to know:
    • File your 2012 income tax return as early as possible.
    • Approximately three weeks from when you electronically file your 2012 tax return, you will be able to automatically retrieve this information to auto-fill a portion of your FAFSA information. (If you mail your 2012 tax return, the processing time will be approximately eight weeks.)

    Addition of “Filtering Questions”

    A filtering question will ask the applicant (and the applicant’s parents, when applicable) when and how he or she filed a 2012 tax return to determine if he or she should transfer tax information from the IRS into the FAFSA.

    “Dynamically Displayed Messaging”

    Based on the applicant’s response to the filtering question, new messages recommend or prohibit the use of the IRS Data Retrieval Tool. Messages to recommend the use of the IRS Data Retrieval Tool include a link to the IRS website.

    Notification to Applicants

    Email notifications will be sent to applicants who are eligible to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool, but have not, as a reminder that they can still do so by returning to the FAFSA website in student correction mode and selecting the IRS Data Retrieval Tool option.

    • Some applicants (and the applicant’s parent’s, when applicable) may be told they are not eligible to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool. An example would be when a married couple filed their taxes separately.
    • If you fill out your FAFSA before filing your 2012 tax return, you can log back onto www.fafsa.ed.gov and “make corrections” using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool once your 2012 tax return has been processed.
    • If your FAFSA is flagged for verification of tax information, you must provide a signed copy of the needed 2012 Federal Tax Return together with all W-2’s and 1099’s.
    • IMPORTANT: if you make changes to the information retrieved from the IRS data base you will be flagged for verification.
    • Visit FAFSA’s website for more information.

Free Application for Federal Student Aid

To apply for federal financial aid, and to apply for many state student aid programs, students must complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Electronic versions of the FAFSA make applying for financial aid faster and easier than ever. To apply for 2014-2015 financial aid, you should complete the 2014-2015 FAFSA prior to April 20, 2014, to ensure priority handling of your application.

Click HERE to complete the 2014-2015 FAFSA.

The 2014-2015 academic year includes:
  • Fall 2014
  • Spring 2015
  • Summer 2015

If you plan to enroll in any of these terms, you must complete the 2014-2015 FAFSA.

For the 2014-2015 academic year and beyond, the priority FAFSA filing date is April 20th of each year for enrollment in the following fall semester.
 Note: If you are enrolling for Spring 2014 or Summer 2014, you will need to complete the 2013-2014 FAFSA prior to June 30, 2014.

WHAT’S NEW WITH THE 2014-2015 FAFSA?

There is exciting news about the 2013-2014 FAFSA. Filling in your income- tax information has just become much easier! The Department of Education has partnered with the Internal Revenue Service to create the IRS Data Retrieval System.

Important things to know:

  • File your 2013 income tax return as early as possible.
  • Approximately three weeks from when you electronically file your 2013 tax return, you will be able to automatically retrieve this information to auto-fill a portion of your FAFSA information. (If you mail your 2013 tax return, the processing time will be approximately eight weeks.)

Addition of “Filtering Questions”

A filtering question will ask the applicant (and the applicant’s parents, when applicable) when and how he or she filed a 2013 tax return to determine if he or she should transfer tax information from the IRS into the FAFSA.

“Dynamically Displayed Messaging”

Based on the applicant’s response to the filtering question, new messages recommend or prohibit the use of the IRS Data Retrieval Tool. Messages to recommend the use of the IRS Data Retrieval Tool include a link to the IRS website.

Notification to Applicants

Email notifications will be sent to applicants who are eligible to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool, but have not, as a reminder that they can still do so by returning to the FAFSA website in student correction mode and selecting the IRS Data Retrieval Tool option.

  • Some applicants (and the applicant’s parent’s, when applicable) may be told they are not eligible to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool. An example would be when a married couple filed their taxes separately.
  • If you fill out your FAFSA before filing your 2013 tax return, you can log back onto www.fafsa.ed.gov and “make corrections” using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool once your 2013 tax return has been processed.
  • If your FAFSA is flagged for verification of tax information, you must provide a signed copy of the needed 2013 Federal Tax Return together with all W-2’s and 1099’s.
  • IMPORTANT: if you make changes to the information retrieved from the IRS data base you will be flagged for verification.
  • Visit FAFSA’s website for more information.
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