Apply for Aid & Deadlines
When you complete your FAFSA you will be asked a series of questions to determine your dependency status. You can find those questions at https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/fafsa/filling-out/dependency.
The FSA ID replaces the PIN and will be used to access Federal Student Aid content like the FAFSA and www.studentloans.gov. If you are a student who is applying for federal student aid, have existing student loans, or are a parent of a dependent student, you will need to create an FSA ID. The FSA ID serves as a legal electronic signature and should only be known and used by the person it belongs to. Do not share your FSA ID with anyone. This is in place to keep your information secure.
We recommend that all tax filers use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (DRT) to provide their tax information. It is the easiest, most accurate way to input tax data. Your tax information should be available to import via DRT three weeks after you file electronically or 11 weeks after you file by mail. DRT will not be available under certain circumstances, like if you had to file an amended tax return or if you are married but filed separately. You can manually enter the data from your federal tax return or use estimates in this case or if you will not file before the state deadline. Manually entered data can be updated after you have filed your taxes.
If you are married but filed taxes separately you will need to combine the amounts from you and your spouse’s tax returns and manually enter them into the FAFSA. Likewise, if you were married and filed jointly but have separated or divorced between filing taxes and filing your FAFSA you will want to separate your income, tax paid, and other areas from your spouse’s and manually enter it into the application. Our financial aid office is available to answer your questions and assist with these processes.
If your FAFSA doesn’t accurately reflect your current financial situation or you have additional questions, please contact the Financial Aid Office at 816-936-8730 or firstname.lastname@example.org. They will help evaluate the situation and see if you’re eligible for an adjustment.
Verification is a Department of Education mandated review process that determines the accuracy of information provided on the FAFSA. There are several classifications of verification and each class requires its own set of data to be reviewed. During the review process, the student (and parent, if the student is dependent) may be required to provide additional documentation such as tax forms. You will be notified by the financial aid office if you are chosen for verification. Verification forms are available online on our Financial Aid Form (create link) section of the website. If you have questions or require assistance you may contact the financial aid office at email@example.com. Failure to submit the required documentation could delay the financial aid process and could ultimately affect the student’s aid eligibility.