SENIOR Financial Aid Seminar
FAFSA MADE EASY:
Before Beginning a FAFSA 1
• Search for School Codes
• Students and Parents Create a FSA ID
• Gather documents and information required for completion of FAFSA *
• See checklist below
• Check Application Deadline Dates
Filling Out the FAFSA 2
• Fill Out Your FAFSA www.fafsa.ed.gov
• Sign Electronically with Your FSA ID
FAFSA Follow-Up 3
• Check status of a submitted FAFSA
• Make corrections to a Processed FAFSA if necessary
• Add or delete a School Code
• View and print your Student Aid Report
What Information Do I Need When I Fill Out the FAFSA?
Here’s a checklist:
• Your FSA ID
• Your Social Security number
• Your parents Social Security numbers
• Your driver’s license number if you have one
• Your alien registration number if you are not a U.S. citizen
• Federal tax information or tax returns, for yourself if you have one and
your parents. (If you/your parents have not filed an income tax return,
complete and submit the FAFSA using estimated tax information)
• Records of your untaxed income, such as child support received, interest
income and veterans non education benefits for yourself and for your
• Information on savings, investments, and business for yourself and
• List of schools you are interested applying to Important Contacts: Toll-free number for questions about federal student aid 1-800-4-FED-AID (1-800-433-3243) or tollnumber 319-337-5665 E-mail:firstname.lastname@example.org
For priority consideration, submit your application by February 15, 2016.
Some private colleges also require the CSS Profile in addition to the FAFSA. You must check to see if your colleges require this additional form for financial aid. The PROFILE is a personalized financial aid application for each college you are seeking aid from. If you have narrowed down your choices and are sure where you are applying for aid or are applying Early Decision, you can register for the PROFILE at any time but at least three to four weeks before the earliest deadline.
To register for PROFILE:
Connect to College Board Online (http://www.collegeboard.org)
Cost: $25.00 for initial application (first school report included), $16.00 for each additional report
OTHER FINANCIAL AID FORMS:
Some schools may have you fill out their own institutional financial aid form. Check with the college financial aid office to find out if any additional forms are required at your schools of interest.
HELPFUL FINANCIAL AID WEBSITES
• FAFSA on the Web and Federal School Codes- www.fafsa.ed.gov
• PIN information and registration- www.pin.ed.gov
• Financial Aid Information: everything from scams to scholarship sources-
• Student Aid on the Web: planning for college, paying for college and
repaying student loans- www.studentAid.ed.gov
• Fast Web: Scholarship search- www.fastweb.com
• Connecticut Mentor: Financial aid and scholarship search-
Pay close attention to all deadlines!!! Make sure you adhere to all financial aid deadlines or you might not receive federal student aid. If you are unsure of a deadline, contact the college’s financial aid office at your schools of interest.
Finally, if you are unhappy with your award package or have questions about the aid being offered, contact the financial office at your colleges of interest and request an interview.