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FAFSA 101

Important!  Attention Students!  The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is FREE!  Never pay to have your FAFSA completed.  All you need to do is go to fafsa.ed.gov  and get started. The FAFSA is the first step to receiving Federal Student Aid; Pell Grant, FSEOG, Federal Work Study, Direct Loans, etc.

Include the GHC School Code (009507) on your FAFSA

Step One

The Department of Education has eliminated the FSA PIN and replaced it with the FSA ID!

The FSA ID confirms your identity when you access your financial aid information and electronically sign Federal Student Aid documents. You can create a FSA ID when logging into your FAFSA. For more information on the FSA ID click here.

Step Two

Gather the information needed to fill out your FAFSA.  You will need your Federal tax returns, your parents’ Federal tax returns (if you are a dependent student), student and parent's/stepparent's/spouse's social security number, address, household information, FSA ID (student and parent) to electronically sign the FAFSA and the list of schools you want your FAFSA to be sent to.

Tip: Click here for Federal Student Aid guidance on parental information and what is required on the FAFSA.

Tip: FAFSA is asking that students and parents who file taxes use the IRS Data Retrieval Option.  Once you have filed your taxes electronically you must 2-3 weeks for the information to be available via this option.  If you mail in your tax return you must at least 6 weeks before your tax information will be available via this option.  Using this option will GREATLY reduce your risk of being chosen for the verification process.

Tip:  Make sure that you enter the correct social security numbers for everyone who is going on your FAFSA.  Incorrect social security numbers on the FAFSA can result in the rejection of your FAFSA and considerable time delays.

Tip: Click here for help with reporting same sex marriages on the FAFSA.

Step Three

Go to fafsa.gov to submit your Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Note that there are "Help" boxes on the FAFSA to assist you with the questions and help you navigate the FAFSA properly. Reading the instructions carefully and double checking your information will help ensure that you are providing the correct information. At the end of the application, you will be asked to “sign” your application. You will do this electronically with your FSA ID. If you are dependent student, your parent will be required to sign your FAFSA with their FSA ID. Federal Student Aid will not process your FAFSA it the parent signature is missing. After signing the FAFSA click submit and wait for confirmation that your application has been submitted.

Tip: You must choose the FAFSA application for the correct aid year. If you are unsure which one you need to fill out consult a financial aid representative at the college you plan to attend.

Step Four

The FAFSA can take up to 3 to 5 business days to be sent to the schools listed on your FASFA. Make sure you read the Student Aid Report that is sent to you from FAFSA. The Student Aid Report will inform you of any issues and any necessary steps you need to take to finalize your eligibility. If you are selected for verification by Federal Student Aid, you will be required to submit additional documentation to your schools Office of Financial Aid. Monitor your financial aid account through whatever method your institution provides. For Georgia Highlands College, you will have the CHECK MY AID STATUS link to monitor and view your account.

Tip: If there is an asterisk (*) next to your expected family contribution then you have been chosen for verification.

 

***Non-U.S.Citizens may be eligible for aid. Please click here to see if you are eligible to receive aid studentaid.ed.gov/eligibility/non-us-citizens***

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