How to Apply for Financial Aid: 2016-2017 Undergrad

FALL 2016 APPLICATION DEADLINE: MARCH 1, 2016

Students who wish to be considered for all types of need-based state and institutional financial aid for the 2016-2017 academic year must apply by March 1, 2016. This deadline impacts financial aid eligibility for the entire academic year, including January Term and Summer Session.

Students who are unable to meet the application deadline should contact Student Financial Services well before the deadline. Students who do not submit their applications by March 1 may still apply for federal financial aid (Federal Direct Loans and, if they qualify, a Pell Grant). 

 

PREPARING TO APPLY

The 2016-2017 CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE (Profile) and 2016-2017 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) ask for income and tax information from 2015. If actual values are not available, federal regulation allows for the use of estimates. You can update your FAFSA online after your income tax returns are filed. The Profile cannot be updated after it is submitted. Please contact SFS for instructions on adjusting your Profile.

 

APPLICATION CHECKLIST

The following documents are required by March 1 for a student to be considered for all forms of need-based federal and institutional financial aid:

 

WHAT HAPPENS NEXT

Applications are reviewed based upon the date the application is considered complete--the earlier a student submits all application requirements, the earlier that student’s application will be reviewed. However, students will not be awarded more or "better" aid based on the date they apply, so long as they meet the March 1 deadline. 

Students should check their SIS To Do List frequently. In some cases, additional documents and forms may be required before the application review can be completed and an award can be offered. 
 
Two common application errors that result in requests additional information include:
  • information was omitted that should have been reported
  • discrepancies exist between information reported

Delays in submitting requested information may result in a delay in providing an award. Students who are unable to submit the application requirements should contact us as soon as possible.

 

Verification

Some students may be selected for verification by the Department of Education. SFS is required to collect specific information to complete verification. In almost all cases, students must submit an Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Tax Return Transcript to verify income or successfully upload tax information using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool. Instructions for obtaining a Tax Return Transcript or using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool.

 

Official Financial Aid Awards

Students who submit all application materials by the deadline and respond to any additional request for information in a timely manner will receive a notification of their official financial aid award during the summer. Returning students do not receive preliminary awards. Please refer to the Financial Aid Basics section for crucial information on awards, including types of aid, estimated cost of attendance, how to receive your financial aid, and more.