Applying for Financial Aid
WHAT IS THE FAFSA?
The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the form used by the U.S. Department of Education to determine your Expected Family Contribution (EFC) by conducting a “need analysis” based on financial information, such as income, assets and other household information, which you (and your parents if you are a dependent student) will be asked to provide. The form is submitted to, and processed by, a federal processor contracted by the U.S. Department of Education (ED), and the results are electronically transmitted to the financial aid offices of the schools that you list on your application.
DO I NEED TO FILE A FAFSA?
To be considered for federal financial aid, you must complete and submit a FAFSA application. Additionally, the FAFSA is used to award other types of student aid, including state- and college-sponsored financial aid, such as grants, educational loans, and work-study programs.
WHEN IS THE FAFSA DEADLINE?
You must complete and submit a FAFSA application for every academic year that you are in school. The FAFSA application is available online January 1st, of each year.
Recommended Deadline: MARCH 15 each year to be considered for all types of financial aid (federal, state and institutional aid).
PA State Grant Deadline: MAY 1 each year. If you complete the FAFSA after May 1, you will still qualify for federal student aid, however you will not be considered eligible for the PA State Grant due to your application being late.
NOTE: The above deadlines are for the initial submission of the FAFSA; not subsequent paperwork. If you have not yet filed your taxes, you can still submit the FAFSA application by the above deadlines; using estimates of your tax information via pay stubs, W-2's, 1099s, bank statements, etc.. There is no penalty for estimating your income on the FAFSA application - HOWEVER you will need to update with actual information once your taxes are completed; before financial aid can be processed.
WHAT DOCUMENTS WILL I NEED TO FILL OUT THE FAFSA?
For a checklist that will help you gather the correct documents needed to complete your FAFSA application, please click here.
To complete the FAFSA application and have your information sent to Millersville University, you must include our School Code: 003325 on your application.
PERSONAL IDENTIFICATION NUMBER (PIN):
To complete the FAFSA online, the student and one parent (if the student is dependent) need a PIN (personal identification number) to electronically sign the FAFSA. This can be obtained by applying online at http://www.pin.ed.gov/. The PIN remains valid as long as a new FAFSA is completed within 18 months of the last one. If you have an active PIN but do not remember it, you need to go to http://www.pin.ed.gov/ and select “Request a Duplicate PIN".
To complete the FAFSA application and have your information sent to Millersville University, you must include our School Code: 003325 on your application. Even if the student has not been accepted by the schools he/she has applied to and/or has not made a final decision of where to attend, it is recommended that your complete the FAFSA and include all schools (up to 10 are allowed) that the student is considering. To list other schools, you will need their school code as well. If you are unsure of this code, please refer to the Federal School Code Search website.
USING THE IRS DATA RETRIEVAL TOOL:
The IRS Data Retrieval Tool allows students and parents to access the IRS tax return information needed to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), and transfer the data directly into their FAFSA from the IRS Web site. You will be asked a series of questions to determine if you are eligible to use the Data Retrieval Tool on the FAFSA.
If you are eligible to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool, we highly recommend using the tool for several reasons:
- It’s the easiest way to provide your tax data.
- It’s the best way of ensuring that your FAFSA has accurate tax information.
- You won’t need to provide a copy of your or your parents’ tax returns to your college.
If you are eligible to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool, then click Link To IRS to transfer your tax return information from the IRS Web site into your FAFSA. (Note: If you previously transferred your tax return information from the IRS, or you indicate that you filed your tax return electronically within the last three weeks or through the mail within the last eleven weeks, then the Link To IRS button displays once you click the "View option to link to the IRS" hyperlink.)
Why can't I use the Data Retrieval Tool?
Students or parents who are married and filed as Married Filing Separately, are married and filed as Head of Household, filed an amended tax return, or filed a Puerto Rican or foreign tax return are not eligible to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool, and will need to enter their tax return information manually.
Additionally, students or parents who filed their tax returns electronically within the last three weeks, or through the mail within the last eleven weeks, might need to either enter their tax return information manually or return at a later date to transfer their tax return information into the FAFSA, as their tax return information might not be available for transfer from the IRS.
If you are ineligible or otherwise choose not to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool to retrieve tax information, Millersville University's Office of Financial Aid may require a copy of your IRS Tax Return Transcript (or your parents’ IRS Tax Return Transcript, if you are a dependent student); and selected for Verification.
|Application Type||Email Address Provided|
on the FAFSA
|Processing Time||Notification method of|
Student Aid Report (SAR)
|Online||Yes||3 - 5 business days||electronically via email|
|Online||No||1 - 2 weeks||US Postal Service|
|Paper||Yes||3 - 4 weeks||electronically via email|
|Paper||No||4 - 6 weeks||US Postal Service|
Once you receive your Student Aid Report (SAR) - paper or via email, review all information to be sure it is accurate. If corrections need to be made, you can do them through the paper SAR by mailing it in with the corrections on it or make corrections online using your PIN.
* The email comes from the U.S. Department of Education, so depending on how
strong your email filter is, you may have to check your Bulk/Junk mail folder for the email.
** Please note - the times above are approximate times and may be longer for some individuals