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FAFSA Questions

FAFSA

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What types of financial aid are available through the Free Application For Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) application?

The U.S. Department of Education has the following major Student Financial Assistance (SFA) programs:

Graduate students may only receive Federal Direct Loans and Federal Work-Study (eligibility based on federal regulations and institutional policies). UA Online students (both undergraduate and graduate) are not eligible to receive any type of institutional awards; these include grants, scholarships, fellowships, stipends, etc. 

What information will I need to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)?

You may need to refer to:

  1. Your social security card and driver’s license.
  2. W-2 forms or other records of earned income for you, your parents (if dependent) and/or your spouse (if married).
  3. Your (and your spouse's, if married) federal income tax return.
  4. Your parents’ income tax return, if you are a dependent student on the FAFSA.
  5. Records of other untaxed income received such as welfare benefits, social security benefits, TANF, veteran’s benefits, or military or clergy allowances.
  6. Current bank statements and records of stocks, bonds, and other investments.
  7. Business or farm records.
  8. Your alien registration card if you are not a U.S. citizen.
  9. UA's school code: 001083.
  10. For further questions on completing your FAFSA click here

Can you mail me a Free Application For Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) application?

The University of Arizona does not mail FAFSA applications. We strongly encourage students to apply on-line at www.fafsa.gov. The processing time is much faster and there is less room for error.

How do I file a Free Application For Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on-line?

Students can file an on-line FAFSA at fafsa.ed.gov.

 

Do I have to pay to file the FAFSA?

You should never pay a fee to file the Free Application for Federal Aid (FAFSA), or to have someone fill out the FAFSA for you. This form can be completed on-line at fafsa.ed.gov. The FAFSA itself will guide you and provide detailed explanations for each question. If you need help filling out the FAFSA please direct your questions to the Office of Scholarships and Financial aid at 520-621-1858 or you may call the FAFSA Help Line at 1800.4FED.AID. 

What is the University of Arizona Federal School Code for the Free Application For Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) application?

The University of Arizona Federal School Code is 001083.

When is the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) priority filing date?

Students admitted to or attending classes on UA Main campus:

The priority filing date to submit the FAFSA is March 1st. You are not required to apply by the priority filing date, but it is highly recommended due to the limited availability of need-based funds such as grants and Federal Work Study.

Students admitted to or attending classes through the UA Online campus:

The priority filing date to submit the FAFSA is 60 days prior to the start of the term for which the student is admitted. Students are not required to apply by the priority filing date, but it is highly recommended to ensure timely processing of your financial aid.

Priority filing dates do not affect eligibility for the Federal Pell Grant or Federal Direct Loans.

 

What should I do after I completed my Free Application For Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)?

Please review your FAFSA information via fafsa.ed.gov. Click "View and Print My Student Aid Report." Review the information for accuracy and ensure The University of Arizona (school code 001083) is listed as one of your schools to receive the FAFSA data. If the data is accurate, and you have been admitted to the University, then Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid will begin the awarding process.

If there are errors in the data, please make the necessary corrections online by clicking "Make corrections to a processed FAFSA." Once the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid has the corrected data, and you have been admitted to the University, then Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid will begin the awarding process.

What is the status of my Free Application For Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) application?

To check the status of your FAFSA, visit fafsa.ed.gov. If our office needs further documentation, we will email you. You can also check your financial aid status on UAccess.

Will I receive a Student Aid Report (SAR) from the Federal Processor?

The Federal Processor will only mail a Student Aid Report (SAR) to the students who completed a paper FAFSA and did not have an e-mail address. If you would like a paper copy of your SAR, you need to go to the FAFSA web page (www.fafsa.ed.gov) and click on "View and Print your Student Aid Report".

Can I fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) a year early to determine my potential aid package with University of Arizona?

Unfortunately we are unable to provide this service.

Where can I get answers about my PIN?

The FSA ID replaced the Federal Student Aid PIN effective May 10, 2015. Students (and parents of dependent undergraduate students) will need to create an FSA ID to log in to any Federal Student Aid website, including FAFSA.ed.gov.

For more information about the FSA ID, click here.  

For more information on the FAFSA, visit http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/help.htm

FAFSA "How Do I" Questions

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My parents no longer claim me on their taxes; can I claim myself as independent on the FAFSA?

The Federal Government determines the dependency status of the student according to the questions answered on the FAFSA.  Filing your own taxes separate from their parents, does not make you independent for Federal financial aid purposes.  The criteria for meeting independent status can be found at http://www.fafsa.ed.gov.

If you do not meet any of this criteria, and you can document special circumstances about independence, you should review and complete a Petition for Dependency Override if you feel you meet the criteria listed on the form. This form can be downloaded from Scholarship and Financial Aid Forms.

How should I complete the FAFSA if my parents are divorced?

In the case of divorce or separation, you are instructed to answer in terms of the parent who provided the most financial support during the last 12 months or during the most recent calendar year that you were actually supported by a parent. (Support includes money, housing, food, clothes, car, medical and dental care, payment of college costs, etc.) Additionally, if the parent you counted above is married or remarried as of the date they completed the form, you must include the financial information about their step-parent (even if they were not married in the previous calendar year).

How do I answer the tax question if I am (or my parents are) separated, divorced, or widowed?

  • You: Separate your tax information from your spouse's as if you filed a single return.
  • Your parent: Separate your parent's information from his/her spouse's as if he/she filed a single return.

More information: http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/help/ffdef07.htm

I am adopted, where do I put my Adoptive parent's information?

You may list your adoptive parents' information in the biological parent boxes.

Do my parents have to sign for corrections I make on my FAFSA if I am a dependent student?

Regardless of how you make your corrections, via a paper Student Aid Report (SAR) or online through FAFSA on the Web, a parent’s signature is required. Your parents can sign electronically on FAFSA.ed.gov using their FSA ID or print, sign, and mail a paper signature page to the address indicated from FAFSA on the Web.

How do I report on my FAFSA the financial aid I received last year?

Money you or your parents received from loans, grants, scholarships and Work-Study should not be listed on the FAFSA, unless these funds were included on the previous year's income tax return. If this is the case, that information will be reported on the FAFSA as well.

Changing My FAFSA

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If I made a mistake on the FAFSA form, what should I do?

If you need to make corrections on the FAFSA, they can be made on-line at fafsa.ed.gov. Click “Start Now.”  Corrections can also be made on the Student Aid Report (SAR) that is mailed to the student after the FAFSA is processed. The SAR should be returned to the Federal Processor. DO NOT send SAR corrections to our office.

I had intended to begin in the fall and filed my FAFSA for then, but I will not attend until the spring. Do I need to complete another FAFSA?

You do not have to file another FAFSA for the spring if you already filed one and submitted it for fall. Do contact our office to notify us of your change in enrollment plans.

I submitted my FAFSA under the wrong SSN, what should I do?

Your Social Security Number (SSN) and name must be correct on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

If you made a mistake when entering your name, you may submit corrections by accessing your SAR at http://www.fafsa.ed.gov and select Make Corrections to a Processed FAFSA.

  • You must re-file a new FAFSA if:
    • Your SSN was reported incorrectly
    • Your name has officially changed (for example, you got married).  
  • Prior to re-filing your FAFSA, complete these steps:
  •  Report changes to the Social Security Administration (SSA) office.
  •   Request a new PIN at http://www.pin.ed.gov/PINWebApp/pinindex.jsp  by selecting Apply For A PIN using your new legal name. 
  •  Re-file and submit your FAFSA once your name change has been processed by the SSA.

The FAFSA you have already submitted cannot be deleted and you will have two applications on file. Therefore, you must contact our office regarding this to ensure we receive the correct application.

I just had a child, for whom I provide 50% or more of the support. Do I need to make corrections to my FAFSA indicating I now have a dependent?

You will need to make corrections indicating that you now have a dependent either by using you Student Aid Report (SAR) or by using http://www.fafsa.ed.gov. If you also have childcare expenses, you may want to complete a Budget Re-evaluation form and turn it into the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid.  This form can be downloaded from our webpage at Scholarships and Financial Aid Forms.

My grade level will change after summer. How do I complete the FAFSA to reflect this?

Please complete the FAFSA with your current classification. If it changes after summer session classes, please contact OSFA so your file may be re-evaluated.

I recently got married. Do I need to make corrections to my FAFSA indicating I am now married?

Federal guidelines do not allow for you to update marital status in the middle of an awarding year. Once you file the FAFSA indicating that you are single, you will not be able to change that information until you file the FAFSA again for the following year.

I didn't send my FAFSA information to University of Arizona. How do I send it there?

You can make this correction at http://www.fafsa.ed.gov and add the school code 001083. Please do not send in your Student Aid Report as it will not be used to process your financial aid. All FAFSA information must be received electronically from the Federal Processor.

Dependency Status

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I will be 24 this year. Am I considered independent according to the Department of Education?

Yes, if you turned 24 before January 1.

My parents don’t help pay for my college education. Am I considered independent?

No. According to the Department of Education, you must have answered “yes” to one of the following questions on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid:

  • Were you born before January 1, 1994 (question 46)?
  • As of today, are you married? (Answer "Yes" if you are separated, but not divorced.) (question 47)
  • At the beginning of the 2017-2018 school year, will you be working on a master's or doctorate program (such as an MA, MBA, MD, JD, PhD, EdD, or graduate certificate, etc.) (question 48)?
  • Are you currently serving on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces for purposes other than training (question 49)?
  • Are you a veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces (question 50)?
  • Do you have children who will receive more than half of their support from you between July 1, 2017, and June 30, 2018 (question 51)?
  • Do you have dependents (other than your children or spouse) who live with you and who receive more than half of their support from you, now and through June 30, 2018 (question 52)?

There are special circumstances (one of them includes you being a ward of the court) which would also make you eligible for independent status.

  • Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid, P.O. Box 210066, Tucson, AZ 85721
  • Phone: 520.621.1858
  • Fax: 520.621.9473