IT'S TIME TO FILE YOUR
2016 - 2017
Financial Aid Application
To apply for federal and state financial aid for the
Fall 2016-Spring 2017
you need to complete the 2016-17
FAFSA (free application for federal student aid)
The application process is easier and faster than ever. The federal student aid website will make available to student and parents the capability for easier FAFSA completion when you give the IRS(Internal Revenue Service) authorization to populate the FAFSA financial information quickly and electronically ! This process is called the IRS Data Retrieval Tool and will eliminate students to be selected for verification who must provide schools with additional documentation. Remember your IRS data will not be available for transfer until February 7, 2016 or preferably two weeks after your IRS filing.
If you are ready to file your 2016-17 FAFSA please click the link below to be directed to www.fafsa.gov
The Federal Student Aid programs have made available to parents and students information and instructional videos about the FAFSA processes. Click below to be directed to this website.
If you completed your FAFSA before having the opportunity to use the IRS Data Retrieval tool, you can still elect to have your IRS information transferred over to your FAFSA through the FAFSA correction process. Remember your IRS data will not be available for transfer until after two weeks of your IRS filing.
Follow these quick and easy steps for the IRS data transfer:
- Log onto www.fafsa.gov
- Select "Make FAFSA Corrections"
- Navigate to "Financial Information" tab
- Answer the question, 'Have your parents completed their IRS tax return?'. Next answer 'No" to the displayed questions.
- Enter your FSA ID (Federal Student Aid ID) and click "Link to IRS"-once on the IRS website, enter requested information exactly as it appears on your tax return. Click submit. If the IRS is able to validate your identity, your IRS data will display.
- Transfer your information from the IRS.
- Click Submit corrections. Don't forget to submit your/your parents FSA ID when making corrections !!
Not using the IRS Data Retrieval and required to provide IRS tax information for verification purposes?
Follow the instructions below to request a tax transcript.
Should you elect NOT to use the IRS Data Retrieval (IDR) service you would be required to provide a tax transcript from the IRS to the financial aid office for verification of your income. To obtain an IRS tax return transcript, go to www.IRS.gov and click on the "Order a Return or Account Transcript" link, or call 1-800-908-9946. Make sure to request the "IRS tax return transcript" and not the "IRS tax account transcript." You will need your Social Security Number, date of birth, and the address on file with the IRS (normally this will be the address used when the 2015 IRS tax return was filed). It takes up to two weeks for IRS income information to be available for electronic IRS tax return filers, and up to eight weeks for paper IRS tax return filers.
PLEASE DO NOT HAVE THE IRS SEND THE TRANSCRIPT DIRECTLY TO THE UNIVERSITY. The tax transcript will not have the required student ID for financial aid identification.
Remember the important steps below when completing your Financial Aid application for the 2016-2017 academic year
- It is important for you and your parents to file your taxes early. File your taxes electronically
- Filing your tax return electronically can speed up the processing of your FAFSA and make funds available in a timely manner.
- When you file your FAFSA there is a very important process called the IRS Data Retrieval Tool. Electronic tax returns will ensure that IRS Data Retrieval Tool is available to you within two weeks of filing your taxes. If you use a paper tax return it will take at least 6-8 weeks before Data Retrieval Tool is available to you and/or spouse and your parents.
- Should you elect NOT to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool service you would be required to provide a tax transcript from the IRS to the financial aid office for verification of your income. This process will delay payment of your financial aid well into fall/spring semester.
Note: The financial aid office is no longer permitted to accept federal tax returns for verification purposes.
- Submit your FAFSA (www.fafsa.gov) and use the IRS Data Retrieval for earned income questions.
|View your financial Aid Awards and Document Requirements|
Jeanne Lewis, Director of Financial Aid
Christopher Connors, Jr., Associate Director of Financial Aid
Melinda Matos, Assistant Director of Financial Aid
Terra Mecouch, Assistant Director of Financial Aid
Nancy Martorano, Assistant Director of Financial Aid
Donna Freeman, Professional Services Specialist
Vicki Burnett, Sr. Loan Counselor
Rochelle Iannuzzi, Professional Services Specialist
Donna Garrity, Secretarial Assistant I, Veteran's Benefits, Scholarships
Jenifer Robin, Technical Assistant
Lynda Nagy, Sr. Clerk Typist
Kaca Res, Clerk Typist
Kathleen Waldron, Clerk Typist
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