Tips

  • Apply ASAP after January 1.
  • You do not need to file your income tax return with the IRS before you complete the FAFSA.
  • Try to use the IRS Retrieval Tool when filling out the FAFSA (It will save you pain later)
  • If you are asked to verify tax information, you will need your IRS Tax Transcript not your tax return.
  • Respond to all requests immediately.
  • Keep a copy of all documents related to financial aid
  • Read all comments under the Accept Awards screen in SIS
  • Re-apply for financial aid every year you plan to go to school (each January) for the upcoming academic year.
  • Ask specific questions related to information you do not understand!!!
  • Remember to observe all due dates.
  • High School students: If you plan to attend college the summer after graduation, you must fill out the FAFSA by July 2nd.
  • The deadline for state aid (OTAG) is March 20th.