Federal Financial Aid FAQs

 

  1. What documents do I need to complete the FAFSA?
  2. Am I considered independent?
  3. I am no longer active duty. Do I still need to list my pay on the FAFSA?
  4. Do I need to report combat pay on the FAFSA?
  5. Does my VA Disability pay get added to my wages?
  6. Do I need to list my GI bill benefit under untaxed income?
  7. Where do I list the amount of the GI bill that I will receive?
  8. Will I receive additional aid to pay for Dependent Care?
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  1. What documents do I need to complete the FAFSA?

    You will need the following documents:
    • SSN
    • Driver's licence number
    • W-2 and other records of money earned
    • Your (and your spouse's, if you are married) Federal Income Tax Return
    • Your parents' Federal Income Tax return (if you are a dependent student
    • Documents showing veterans benefits, child support or worker's compensation
    • Current bank statements
    • Current business and investment mortgage information, business and farm records, stock, bond and other investment records.

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  2. Am I considered independent?

    You are independent if you answer yes to one of the following questions:
    • Are you 24?
    • As of today, are you married?
    • Are you working on a master's or doctorate program?
    • Are you currently serving active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces for purposes other than training?
    • Answer yes, if you are currently serving in the US Armed Forces or a National Guard or Reserves enlistee who is on active duty for other than state or training purposes
    • Answer no, if you are a National Guard or Reserves enlistee who is on active duty for state or training purposes
    • Are you a veteran of the US Armed Forces?
    • Answer yes, if you have 1)engaged in active duty in the US Armed Forces) or are a National Guard or Reserves enlistee who was called to active duty for other than state or training purposes, or were a cadet or midshipman at one of the service academies and 2) were released under a condition other than dishonorable
    • Answer no, 1) if you have never engaged in active duty in the US Armed Forces, 2) are currently a ROTC student or cadet or midshipman at a service academy, or 3) are a National Guard or Reserve enlistee activated only for state or training purposes, or 40 were engaged in active duty in the US Armed Forces but released under dishonorable conditions
    • See FAFSA for additional dependency questions

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  3. I am no longer active duty. Do I still need to list my pay on the FAFSA?

    Yes, you will need to list accurate information from your documentation. If your income has changed drastically, you submit a Counselor Review form to the Financial Aid Office. We may adjust your income to reflect what you are expecting to receive for the year that you are a student.

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  4. Do I need to report combat pay on the FAFSA?

    You would only list combat pay that was taxable and included in your adjusted gross income. You will exclude anything listed on your W-2 (Box 12, Code Q).
  5. Does my VA Disability pay get added to my wages?

    You will list the amount of your VA Disability under untaxed income

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  6. Do I need to list my GI bill benefit under untaxed income?

    No, you only list non-educational VA benefits
  7. Where do I list the amount of the GI bill that I will receive?

    The question has been modified on the new FAFSA, you will only answer yes to question 44 and list the type of benefit on question 45
  8. Will I receive additional aid to pay for Dependent Care?

    If you have dependent care expenses, you may submit a cost of attendance increase form to the Scholarships & Financial Aid office for an increase in your budget. That is not a guarantee of increased aid.

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