How to Apply for Student Financial Aid
All students who wish to apply for financial aid must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Students and parents of dependent students who wish to complete this application on their own may do so, but free assistance from a financial aid officer is available for both current and prospective students during normal business hours.
To correctly fill out the application, you will need certain records. The most important record is your base year (usually the prior year’s) tax return. You will also need your parents’ tax return if you are dependent, or your spouse’s tax return if you are married.
You may also need copies of your W-2s, mortgage information, social security benefit statements and other agency benefit records. To find out specifically which financial records you need to fill out the application, ask a financial aid representative.
Applying is easier with the IRS Data Retrieval Tool!
Beginning in early February 2014, students and parents who have completed their 2013 IRS tax return may be able to use FAFSA on the Web to electronically view their tax information. With just a few simple steps, the tax information can also be securely transferred into FAFSA on the Web.
Sign your FAFSA with a Federal Student Aid PIN!
If you do not have a PIN, you can apply for one at www.pin.ed.gov. Your PIN allows you to electronically sign when you submit your FAFSA. If you are providing parent information, one parent must also sign your FAFSA. To sign electronically, your parent should also apply for a PIN.
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