FAFSA Tips

FAFSA Tips

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Guides provided by the U.S. Department of Education

Completing the FAFSA

Guide to Federal Student Aid

Top 10 Tips for Filing for Financial Aid

  1. You must file a FAFSA before each new school year to be considered for financial aid.
  2. Don't wait until you are admitted to KSU to submit your FAFSA.
  3. Obtain a Department of Education PIN (Personal Identification Number), which gives you and your parent's access to your personal information on the Web and also allows you to sign student aid documents electronically.
  4. Use the FAFSA on the Web Worksheet as a guide to completing the online FAFSA.
  5. File the FAFSA online starting January 1st, but no later than April 1, for priority funding such as work-study, FSEOG and the Perkins loan.
  6. Print out a confirmation when you have completed the FAFSA online.
  7. You'll receive a Student Aid Report (SAR) about 2 weeks after your FAFSA is processed.
    • Review the SAR carefully to make sure it's correct and complete.
    • Make sure the SAR lists KSU (Title IV Code 001577) in the school section so that KSU's Office of Student Financial Aid will receive your FAFSA information.
    • Correct your FAFSA on the Web if you need to make changes or add KSU's school code (001577)
      If you haven't received your SAR within 2 weeks:
  8. Check the status of your application online (even if you filed a paper FAFSA), or
  9. Contact the Federal Student Information Center, 800-4FED-AID (800-433-3243).
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  11. If you are admitted to KSU, the Office of Student Financial Aid will send you information regarding your financial aid via your KSU email.
  12. The Office of Student Financial Aid may ask you for additional documentation to support the information on your FAFSA, so check your email often.
  13. You must submit any additional documents by July 1.
  14. Your FAFSA is based in part on tax returns filed by you and your parents. If you or your parents file late, your FASFA won't be processed until you file your final federal tax returns. This could affect your aid package, since financial aid is based on the availability of funds.
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  16. If you need to make corrections to your FAFSA, please do it quickly. Changing any information may cause changes to your awards.
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