Completing the FAFSA
- You must have your previous year's tax returns accessible and your parent previous year's tax returns if you are a dependent student.
- To help you complete the FAFSA online, you may download a worksheet or pick one up from the office.
- The FAFSA must be signed by student and parents. The application process is faster if you use the electronic PIN (Personal Identification Number) to sign the FAFSA. It is recommended that the parent and student apply for Federal PINs prior to completing the FAFSA.
Responding to the FAFSA
The FAFSA that you submitted is processed by the Central Processing System (CPS) which generates an electronic Student Aid Report (SAR). The following are some helpful hints to ensure that you have a valid SAR:
Review your SAR for accuracy
- Pay particular attention to the information summary in part one and the income figures in part two.
- If corrections are required, contact our office about your SAR before mailing it back to the processor.
- If you do not receive your SAR within four weeks, contact the CPS at 1-800-433-3243.
Responding to UWG
Based on your responses to the questions on the FAFSA, we may need additional information to validate your financial aid application. If additional information is requested, you will receive a letter from the Department of Financial Aid indicating the item(s) needed to complete your application. Some of the more common documentation requests include:
- Verification of income
- Verification of Social Security information
- Verification of previous Federal loan amounts borrowed
- Verification of Selective Service registration
- Verification of Immigration & Naturalization status