College and Career Academic Program
FINANCIAL AID ASSISTANCE INFORMATION
Student Aid Checklist From American Education Services – Federal AidUse this student aid checklist to help keep your college-bound students on track:
- Your students should find out the student aid priority date (deadline) for each college they're applying to. The priority date is usually in the college catalog or admissions application material or on the college's website.
- To complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) online, your students and their parents should obtain a PIN (personal identification number) from the U.S. Department of Education at www.pin.ed.gov. The PIN will arrive in about 3 days by email. Students who don't have a PIN can still fill out the FAFSA online, although they will need to print and sign it, then mail it to the U.S. Department of Education.
- Students should file the FAFSA as soon as possible after January 1 of the year in which they will enter college. They must file the FAFSA before the school's student aid priority date. Families are encouraged to complete the FAFSA online at www.fafsa.ed.gov.
- Your students can expect to receive the Student Aid Report (SAR) in about 3 to 5 days if they filed the FAFSA electronically and provided a valid email address. If a student did not provide a valid email address, he or she should receive the SAR by postal mail in about 7 to 10 days. Students who filed a paper FAFSA should receive the SAR by email within 2 weeks if they provided a valid email address or within 3 weeks if they did not provide a valid email address.
- Your students should check the SAR for errors and make any corrections online. If they received a paper SAR, they can make any corrections on the SAR and mail it to the address on the form.
- Many colleges and universities require students and their families to complete one or more supplemental aid applications. Students should send these supplemental forms to the school by the deadline given.
- Many state grant programs require additional information, like copies of the student's and parents' latest tax returns. Students should provide any requested information promptly.
- Your students should work closely with the Financial Aid Office at each college they're interested in attending to make sure they filed the necessary forms for all types of available student aid before each school's deadline.
Free Application for Federal Student Aid Information
The IRS Data Retrieval Tool.VerificationDuring the application process, all 2012-2013 FAFSA applicants who indicate that they have already filed a federal tax return will be expected to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool.
Anyone indicating that they “will file” a tax return will be advised to use IRS Data Retrieval to update their information after their 2011 federal income tax return has been filed.
Applicants who are selected for verification will be required to either use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool or obtain a tax transcript from the IRS and submit it to their financial aid administrator.
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The American Legion
The American Legion, an organization of wartime veterans, wrote Need A Lift?, a college financial aid guide, to spare you frustration and save you time as you plan your "after-high-school" education.
While the focus of this guide is to help children of deceased and disabled veterans in their pursuit of higher education, all students can benefit from the information offered. The American Legion wants to help all students go as far as they can.
This guide is filled with scholarships, grants, fee waivers, student loans, and the organizations that offer them. We've also included information to help you select a school, apply for student financial aid using the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), learn about loan forgiveness, understand tax credits, and much more.
See http://www.needalift.org/ to download this guide.