• FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)

    We strongly encourage all seniors planning on attending a two or four year college or university next year to file a FAFSA form.  Filing online is recommended.

    FAMILY EVENTS 2018-2019
    #Cash for College- Financial Aid Presentation - Date and location TBD For all students 9th-12th and their parents.  No sign up or registration is needed.
     
    #FAFSA Completion Event- Date & Location TBD  For Seniors and their parent to get help filing out the FAFSA.  Bring 2017 tax documentation, social security numbers, drivers license numbers, birthdates, dates of parent marriage/divorce.  
     
    Past Cash for College Event - A financial aid night, was presented by WMU in January 2016.  Please see the attached power point to learn more about applying for financial assistance.  Financial Aid Presentation.
     

    FAFSA becomes available for completion on October 1 of your senior year and is due by March 1.  Some colleges may request an earlier deadline for scholarship consideration. 

     

    FAFSA Guide:

    What is FAFSA on the web?

    Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on the web in an internet-based version of the paper FAFSA form that the federal government uses to determine eligibility for aid.  Your financial aid package may include grants, scholarships, work-study opportunities, and loans.  The form collects financial aid and demographic data. 

    Filling out the FAFSA is FREE!  Do not pay for filling out any FAFSA info ever!

    CAUTION!!

    When you go to the FAFSA website, be sure it is the FAFSA.ED.GOV WEBSITE.

    There is another FAFSA website that charges money!! 

    YOU DO NOT HAVE TO PAY ANYTHING TO FILL OUT THIS FORM!

    USE WWW.FAFSA.ED.GOV

    How do I fill it out?

    Visit www.fafsa.ed.gov to get started.  If you want a paper copy to use as a guide, use the pre-application worksheet, not a paper FAFSA.  To download a copy, click print a pre-application worksheet.  Also, you are encouraged to print a copy of your completed FAFSA for your records.  Click print before you click submit at the end of your FAFSA.  Official paper forms for FAFSA are almost obsolete.  Students and parents should plan to file online.

    What else should I know?

    When completing an electronic FAFSA, you will be required to provide your signature and a parent's signature.  There are three different ways to do this:

    Use your FSA ID (read more on the FSA ID below) issued by the U.S. Department of Education to electronically sign your FAFSA.   (It is recommended you create your FSA ID before starting the FAFSA as it will save you some time on your FAFSA). 

    Your parents will also need their own FSA ID to electronically sign your FAFSA.

    Print the signature page, get the required signatures and mail the form to the address listed on your signature page. 

    This last option is the slowest method and not usually recommended

    Wait until you receive your SAR (Student Aid Report), get the required signature(s) and return it via the U.S. Postal Service using certified mail.

    What is an FSA ID?

    The FSA ID is the number the U.S. Department of Education uses to identify you online.  An FSA ID allows you to (1) electronically sign your FAFSA to speed up the process, (2) check the status of your electronic FAFSA, and (3) make corrections to your personal information online. 

    *Keep your FSA ID private, as it allows you (or someone else) to electronically sign federal documents and access confidential information!

    *Don't forget:  student and parent each need a separate FSA ID number!  Keep these numbers private! Both parents can obtain an FSA ID, but only one is required to sign the FAFSA.

    How do I get an FSA ID?

    Students and parents can visit: http://fsaid.ed.gov/npas/index.htm
    If you had a PIN # for your on financial aid or from previous children, you can link your old PIN with your new FSA ID.

    For questions about FAFSA on the web or about your FSA ID, call 1-800-4-FED-AID.

    Free application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

    If your son or daughter is planning on attending a 2 or 4 year college or university, you should complete a FAFSA form.  What is FAFSA?  It is the form that the federal government uses to determine your eligibility for federal aid, including grants, work-study and loans.  How does it work?  Using the information you supply on the FAFSA, the federal processor determines your expected family contribution (EFC) it's the amount of money your family can contribute to your college costs.  Your prospective college then applies a simple equation to decide how much financial aid you will need.

    To get an early estimate of your EFC, check the Financial Aid Estimation Calculator at www.finaid.org.  Your prospective college will then try to meet your needs through a financial aid package made up of funds from federal, state and private sources as well as loans and student employment.

    Completing the FAFSA:

    Tip 1:  The FAFSA becomes available after October 1st.

    Download the document from the internet at www.fafsa.ed.gov.  Begin to use the practice worksheets to plan ahead.

    Tip 2:  Submit the FAFSA whether or not you think you qualify for financial aid.

    Sometimes being rejected for federal aid is a prerequisite for receiving private funds.

    Tip 3:  Review all your data on the FAFSA every year.

    Your eligibility can change from year to year, depending on your family's circumstances.

    Tip 4:  Apply for aid as soon as possible after OCTOBER 1st

    DO NOT MAIL THE FAFSA BEFORE OCTOBER 1st.

    Tip 5:  Contact your prospective college's financial aid office for additional information.

    Your school may require forms besides the FAFSA or may have earlier submission deadlines.  In 4-6 weeks after completing the FAFSA, you will receive a Student Air Report (SAR).

    Tip 6:  Read your Student Aid Report (SAR) carefully.

    The colleges and universities to which you have applied (and those that you reported on your FAFSA form) will send you a Student Aid Report from their school.  You and your prospective college will each receive copies.  Report errors to the financial aid officer at your prospective school.

    Tip 7:  Call the Federal Processor at 1-319-337-5665 if you do not receive your SAR in 4-6 weeks.  Be ready to provide your Social Security Number and date of birth for verification.

    Tip 8:  Note your Data Release Number (DRN).

    It is the four digit number on the upper right corner of your SAR.  You will need this number to apply to additional colleges or universities.

    Tip 9:  Check to see if your SAR has been selected for verification.

    Look under the date for the letters EFC followed by a series of numbers.  If there is an Asterisk (*) after your EFC, your SAR has been selected.  30% of forms will be asked for verification you must respond immediately!

    Tip 10:  If asked for SAR verification, submit the information requested to your prospective colleges financial aid office as soon as possible.

    Your aid may be delayed or decreased if the materials are not promptly provided.

    What you need to complete your FAFSA:

    • Your social security number
    • Your drivers license number, if you have one
    • Your W-2 forms
    • Your federal income tax returns
      • If you have not yet filed your taxes, you may use last years tax info and you may go back and adjust the FAFSA form after completing the current tax years documents.
    • Your current bank statements and records of stocks, bonds and other investments
    • Your records of other untaxed income received, such as Social Security, Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF), welfare or Veteran's Benefits
    • Your business or farm records, if applicable
    • Your alien registration number, if you are not a U.S. Citizen
    • If you are a dependent student, you will also need:
      • Your parent(s) social security number(s)
      • Your parent(s) income and financial records (as listed above)

    Use income records for the calendar year prior to the academic year for which you are applying for financial aid. 

    For questions once your FAFSA is filed, do not contact the Federal Government or NHS, call the college or university of interest.