The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is required to apply for financial aid (work-study, federal and state grants and loans, as well as PUC financial aid and some outside scholarships).
Yes! Many families mistakenly think they don't qualify for aid when they do. The FAFSA is free, so it's worth trying.
Online at www.fafsa.ed.gov.
You can start filling out your FAFSA for the next school year starting every January. The earliest you can file for the next school year is January. We recommend filing as early in the year as possible. If you are applying for Cal Grant, you will need to submit your FAFSA by March 2. However, much financial aid is based on a first come, first serve basis. So the sooner you fill out your FAFSA, the better!
Yes. You are required to apply for financial aid every year.
FAFSA provides a FAFSA on the web worksheet. View the worksheet.
The FAFSA will ask you for identifying information as well financial information. You will need to know your social security number, and have your driver's license (if any), W-2s for yourself and your parents, and 1040 Tax Returns for yourself and your parents, bank statements, information regarding any business or investment or mortgage, and your alien registration or permanent resident card (if you are not a U.S. citizen).
If you haven't received a Student Aid Report (SAR), call the Federal Student Aid Information Center at (800) 433-3243. You must provide your Social Security number and date of birth as verification.
Federal regulations require your eligibility to be based on your income and that of your parents unless you are 24 years old; married, or have legal dependents other than a spouse; are a veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces; an orphan or ward of the court (or you were until age 18); or will be working on a degree beyond a bachelor's. If you think that you have exceptional circumstances, contact your financial counselor.
If you and your family have unusual circumstances that you believe are not adequately reflected on the FAFSA, contact your financial counselor. We may request additional documentation to adjust your FAFSA information. Some common examples of unusual circumstances include:
The IRS Data Retrieval Tool allows students and parents to link their IRS tax return information needed to complete the FAFSA directly from the IRS website into their FAFSA. If you are eligible to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool, we highly recommend using it.
You cannot make a change to your FAFSA until it has been processed and your SAR is generated. Your first FAFSA should be processed within 3-5 days, and then you can make your correction. You will need to log in to your FAFSA at www.fafsa.ed.gov to make the correction. After you have adjusted all of the information you need to correct, submit your FAFSA again. Corrections usually take 3-5 business days to process.
You FAFSA might be rejected for several reasons. The most common reasons are that it is missing a signature or the tax information is entered incorrectly. You can fix your FAFSA at www.fafsa.ed.gov. After you have adjusted all of the information you need to correct, submit your FAFSA again. Corrections usually take 3-5 business days to process.
No. After you submit your FAFSA, you may be required to provide IRS Tax Return Transcripts and W-2s or other information to student financial services. If you do not provide these documents, you may not receive federal student aid.
If your FAFSA needs to be verified, Student Finance will notify you of the documents we need. Most likely we would need a copy of your and your parents IRS Tax Return Transcript and W-2s. You can request your IRS Tax Return Transcript by calling (800) 908-9946 or by visiting https://sa2.www4.irs.gov/irfof-tra/start.do. If you would like to double check what documents are required, you can call or e-mail student financial services.
If you haven't applied for financial aid through PUC yet, you should do that. PUC Financial Aid Application
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