· Forms - The Free Application for Financial Student Aid is referred to as the FAFSA
· The FAFSA should be filed on-line (the federal government encourages students to file on-line as it has built-in edits that may result in less filing errors being made). If filing on-line, both students and parents need to obtain a PIN number at www.pin.ed.gov in advance of filing at www.fafsa.ed.gov.
· Do NOT wait until the last minute to go on-line to file.
· The FAFSA may be filed on-line or a paper FAFSA may be completed and sent to the Federal Processor by mail.
· March 10, 2014 is the absolute receipt date deadline, regardless of the filing method. march 1st is a better deadline to follow!
· Gather the documents you need. Start with your Social Security Number, driver’s license, income tax returns, banks statements, and investment records.
· Print a FAFSA on the Web Worksheet. Write in your answers and gather your information then transfer the data to FAFSA on the Web.
· Plan how to sign your FAFSA. Sign electronically with a Personal Identification Number (PIN) or by mailing in a signature paper.
· Apply for a PIN. Speed up the process by signing your FAFSA electronically with your PIN.
· Note important deadlines. To meet the Federal Student Aid deadline apply as early as possible beginning January 1st of each year. Schools and states have their own deadlines. Contact them for exact deadline dates.
Complete the FAFSA on the Web Worksheet at https://fafsa.ed.gov/fotw1415/pdf/fafsaws14c.pdf before you officially apply!
FINANCIAL AID WEBSITES
· US Dept of Education’s Student Financial Assistance (SFA) Information Page http://studentaid.ed.gov/students/publication/student_guide/index.html - Links to financial aid info and how to apply for it including instructions for completing FAFSA application.
· Student Guide/FAFSA on the Web http://www.fafsa.ed.gov - Use this site to complete and submit directly over the Internet the FAFSA Application for Federal Student Aid.
· FinAid: The Financial Aid Information Page http://www.finaid.org/ - Sponsored by the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators provides links to many sources of info about financial aid. Includes info on Scholarship Scam Alert http://www.finaid.org/finaid/scams.html.
· Fast web http://www.fastweb.com/ - Students may register for scholarship into one of the Internet’s largest free scholarship search sites.
COLLEGE GOAL SUNDAY
Sunday, February 23rd ● 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ● VU Shake Learning Resource Center