What is FAFSA? 

FAFSA stands for Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Seniors can begin to fill out the FAFSA for 2019-2020 on Oct. 1, 2018.  Applications can be completed on-line at the site below. 

Special Help with FAFSA Applications

Shameka Durham and Betsy Williams from Educational Talent Search will be in the College and Career Resource Center on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. They will be available to help students and their parents fill out the FAFSA forms. The FAFSA is required by every college. Although you cannot start the FAFSA until October, she would like to meet with you ASAP.

To schedule an appointment call 777-5435. If there is no answer, please call the College and Career Resource Center at 762-8327 or just stop by our office in the Student Commons Area.

Educational Talent Search direct number at the State office Building is 777-5430.

The FAFSA Application

We realize that many applicants will not have their Federal Tax Returns completed by October, however, you can fill out and submit your FAFSA form in October!

Applicants can now use 2 years prior tax filing information on their initial FAFSA and return to FAFSA on the web for corrections if needed later. This makes it possible to link to the IRS database which will simplify and expedite the processing of your financial aid application. The Student Financial Aid Offices urges applicants to choose this option.

Once you have completed the IRS Data Retrieval process, do not change any of the financial figures that pre-populate/come directly from the IRS onto your FAFSA, or you will nullify the validity of your FAFSA, and your college may reject your FAFSA filing. You may make changes to data that does not come directly from the IRS. 

Unfortunately, the Data Retrieval Process cannot be used in the following circumstances and applicant will have to submit Tax Return Transcript and W2s.

· When paper FAFSA is completed

· Filed married filing separately Return

· Filed Amended Return

· Filed Foreign Return

· Marital status changed after December 31

· Changes to IRS Data Retrieval information on FAFSA

Applicants who do not use FAFSA-IRS Data Retrieval option or who retrieve IRS data but change it, will be required to provide an IRS Tax Return Transcript and copies of W2s to their Student Financial Aid Office.

Copies of your Tax Returns will no longer be accepted, only an IRS Tax Return Transcript will be accepted by the campuses.

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Can I get an early estimation of my college aid?

You sure can! If you are not ready to file your FAFSA yet, but want an estimation of aid you can use the  FAFSA4CASTER