Getting it Right the First Time
A. APPLY EARLY
Completing your financial aid forms correctly and getting them in early directly affects the amount and types of financial assistance you receive.
B. DO NOT ESTIMATE
Take your financial information DIRECTLY FROM YOUR TAX FORMS or merge with the IRS for your tax information. It is recommended that you merge with IRS if possible. If you estimate amounts on the Free Application For Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), the corrections you will be required to make later will seriously delay evaluation of your financial aid application.
C. KEEP GOOD RECORDS
Make a file to keep the copies of your financial aid forms and correspondence, and log the dates you mail forms and other documentation. Record your FAFSA ID and keep them with your financial aid documents.
D. READ INSTRUCTIONS
Incorrectly completing your FAFSA can delay your financial aid and cause you to be selected for verification*. Read the instructions carefully.
E. RESPOND QUICKLY
If you are selected for verification*, respond quickly to requests from our office.
F. ASK QUESTIONS
If you have questions about any part of the application process, please call us. We'll be glad to help you.
*VERIFICATION is the required federal process of checking the accuracy of information students supply on their financial aid applications. Students who apply for financial aid should understand that there is a chance their application will be selected for verification. Selection is based on federal Department of Education guidelines. If you are selected, you will be notified. You will be required to complete a verification form and submit documentation, such as signed tax return transcripts from the IRS and verification of household size and of Social Security, AFDC, and VA benefits received. Students selected for verification are not eligible to receive financial aid funds until they have submitted all required verification information. Verification can take from two (2) to six (6) weeks, depending on how quickly you respond to the request