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FAQ - FAFSA
 

What is a FAFSA?

Where can I get a copy of the FAFSA?

Are photocopies of the FAFSA acceptable?

What is verification?

Do I have to submit a new FAFSA every award year?

If I need help filling out the FAFSA form, who can I contact?

I submitted my FAFSA over four weeks ago, but I haven't heard anything back.  What should I do?


What is a FAFSA?
FAFSA stands for Free Application for Federal Student Aid.  It is the federal form you must complete to be considered for most student financial aid.

Where can I complete a FAFSA?
If you are a registered user of this site, you can obtain and complete an on-line copy of the FAFSA by completing the Apply Now!/Login section of this website. The FAFSA can also be completed at www.fafsa.ed.gov.

Are photocopies of the FAFSA acceptable?
No.  The original copy of the FAFSA signature page must be printed, signed by the necessary parties (student and/or parent), and mailed to the Department of Education.

What is verification?
Verification is a process used to ensure the information provided by you on your FAFSA is accurate. This process requires you to submit documentation verifying income, household size, number in college and certain untaxed income.

Do I have to submit a new FAFSA every award year?
If you applied for aid last year, you may not have to complete an entire FAFSA, but can instead use a renewal FAFSA, which contains preprinted information from the previous years FAFSA.  If you are eligible to complete a renewal FAFSA, then you are only required to provide new financial information and non-financial data.  Information that has not changed since the previous year can remain as is.

If I need help filling out the FAFSA form, who can I contact?
The FAFSA is a lengthy form and can be complicated. It is important to read the instructions prior to completing the form. If additional help is needed, call 1-800-4-FED-AID or contact the financial aid office.

I submitted my FAFSA over four weeks ago, but I haven't heard anything back.  What should I do?
If you have not received a Student Aid Report (SAR), call the Federal Student Aid information Center at 1-800-4-FED-AID or go to www.fafsa.ed.gov to find out if your FAFSA has been processed or to request a duplicate copy of your SAR.

 
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