Applicant News and Events
How to Jumpstart the FAFSA Process.
The 2018-2019 FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) is the form that all students applying for financial aid this year must complete. It will be available to complete online at FAFSA.gov on October 1, 2017. A copy of last year's FAFSA is available here. We encourage you to review it now and gather the information you will need to complete the FAFSA on October 1. (Note: Do not submit this paper form. It is for last year and tt is fastest and easiest to submit your application online, so we never recommend students apply using a paper form.)
We also encourage you to use the forecasting system at the FAFSA website to get an early indication of your EFC (Expected Family Contribution.) This is the number the federal government and almost all colleges expect each family must contribute to their student's education each year. It is define the amount and type of aid you will be eligible to receive. Click here for this FAFSA4caster.
2018 Application Update...Process and Deadlines
The Scholarship Foundation Application process has THREE parts. Full details are available at Who Can Apply and How to Apply.
- Applicants must complete and submit Part One: Online Application by Tuesday, January 30, 2018.
- After submitting their Part One application, applicants may Schedule an appointment to turn in their Part Two: Supplemental Materials. They will then gather these materials to have them all in hand for their appointment.
- At their scheduled appointed time, applicants will bring their Part Two required documents to the Scholarship Foundation office, where they will sit with an intake counselor to review their submissions. This step must be completed no later than Wednesday, February 7, 2018 by 6PM. Applicants should not wait until the last minute to submit their application and schedule this appointment.
- Applicants selected as best meeting our application criteria will be scheduled by email for a financial interview in April, where they will turn in their Part Three documents.
Use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool When Filing Your FAFSA
The IRS Data Retrieval Tool allows students and parents to access the IRS tax return information needed to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Students and parents may transfer the data directly into their FAFSA.
If you are eligible to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool, FAFSA recommends using the tool for several reasons:
- It is the easiest way to provide your tax data.
- It is the best way of ensuring that your FAFSA has accurate tax information.
- You will not need to provide a copy of your or your parents' tax returns to your college.
- If you do not use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool to provide tax information and your college requests a copy of your tax return or your parents' tax return, you may be required to obtain an official tax transcript from the IRS.
- Some colleges require the use of the tool. You may originally file using estimates, but they will require you to go back and update using the tool.