Student Financial Aid
Completing your applications accurately and submitting them early will ensure full consideration for all aid programs available. If you apply early and have problems, contact a counselor right away. If you apply late and have problems, there may not be enough time to address the problems before school starts.
File Tax Returns Early
File your federal tax returns with the IRS as early as possible so that you can successfully use the IRS Data Retrieval when completing your FAFSA. If you estimate your tax information on the FAFSA, your application will likely be delayed until actual tax information can be provided.
Do Not Leave Blanks
Never leave questions blank on any form you submit if you are required to complete it. Blank questions will only delay your application's processing.
Retain photocopies of all forms and correspondence you submit with the dates they were submitted. Refer to them when inquiring about your application.
Use Your Full Given Name
Complete all forms using your full given name. Do not use nicknames. Notify the Office of Student Financial Aid of any name changes.
Use Your Correct Social Security Number
Entering your correct Social Security Number on all forms, especially parent or spouse tax returns, is very important. Be sure to review your social security number for accuracy; transposed numbers or incorrect numbers will result in a delay and reprocessing through the federal processing center.
Read And Respond
Carefully read and follow all instructions provided. Respond quickly to all requests from our office. Even if your federal application is received by the priority date, you will not receive an award if your file is incomplete when award offers are made.
You are applying for financial aid to help you attend Auburn University. Although you may need your parents' help in completing your forms, the application forms are yours and you need to know what forms and information have been provided to whom and when.
Call, email, or visit our office if you have questions. We are available each weekday from 7:45-4:45.
Document Phone Calls
If you call to discuss your application, keep notes of the day you called, with whom you talked, and what was discussed. In our peak processing times during the summer and early fall, repeated phone calls can delay the processing of your application. Please do not be discouraged when you cannot immediately reach us...during peak time we experience over one thousand phone calls per day.