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Financial Aid

Applying for Financial Aid

1. Apply for a Federal Student Aid ID

Students and parents are required to use a Federal Student Aid ID (FSAID) to access certain U.S. Department of Education websites – including the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Both students and parents need an FSAID to electronically sign the student’s FAFSA. It can take three business days for your FSAID to be ready, so create one early.

2. Application Process:

It is recommended that you complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid early.

Once your application is processed by the Federal Processing Center, a notification called the Student Aid Report (SAR) will be sent to you either electronically (if you included an email address on the FAFSA) or by mail.

3. Verification of FAFSA Information:

The federal government may select you for a process called “verification.” This means the institution must verify the information you provided on your FAFSA.

  • If you are selected, the institution  must verify your information before reviewing you for financial aid.
  • You will be notified by our office via email and/or letter requesting additional information.
  • Your financial aid cannot be processed until all required documents are received and the process has been completed.
  • Required documents can also be found under “Unsatisfied Requirements” through your STAR account.
How To View Unsatisfied Requirements For Financial Aid:
  1. Log on to your STAR account at
  2. Click on “STAR Information System Login”
  3. Click on “Financial Aid”
  4. Click on “Eligibility”
  5. Select the appropriate Aid Year
  6. Click on “Student Requirements” tab
If You Must Submit A Tax Return Transcript, You Can Provide The Information In One Of Following Ways:

1.) Use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool that is part of the FAFSA online. Go to, log in to the student’s FAFSA, select “Make FAFSA Corrections”, and navigate to the Financial Information section of the form. From there, follow the instructions to determine if you are eligible to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool to transfer IRS income tax information onto the student’s FAFSA.

2.) Request an IRS Tax Return Transcript as follows:
– Go to the IRS Get Transcript webpage, or call 800-908-9946. 
– Make sure you order the “IRS Tax Return Transcript” and NOT the “IRS Tax Account Transcript.” 
– You will need to use your Social Security Number, date of birth, and address on file with the IRS.

3.) Request your tax return transcript using your smartphone with the free IRS2Go mobile app:
– Download IRS2Go for Android devices from the Google Play Store or IRS2Go for iOS from the App Store:


NOTE: 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 tax return filers. If the parents are married, and they filed separate tax returns, then you must obtain a separate IRS Tax Return Transcript for each parent. A copy of a paper tax return prepared by filer or tax preparer cannot be accepted.

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