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FAFSA Instructions

File the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), available online at

  • Eligibility for federal financial aid is determined by the information that you provide on the FAFSA.
  • Federal Verification, a process which confirms the information on your FAFSA is correct, is a cumbersome process for many families applying for federal aid.  In order to reduce the chances of being selected for this process, we recommend that you use the Data Retrieval option on the FAFSA site to transfer your IRS tax data to your FAFSA.
  • If you are unable to file tax returns prior to the February 15th FAFSA deadline you should complete the FAFSA by February 15th with your best estimates. Three weeks following the electronic filing of parent and student tax returns with the IRS you can log into your FAFSA to update your information using the IRS Data Retrieval tool. Additional processing time will be necessary to complete your financial aid award.

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Last Updated: 12/18/13