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2004-05 financial aid deadline reminders

by Catherine Dear, Ganung, asst. director, FAQ

It’s hard to believe, but it is almost time to file for 2004-05 school year financial aid! Plan now to file your financial aid when you are out of class for winter break. Clip out the handy list below to make sure you get everything done in time to have your aid ready for September 2004.

1. As soon as possible: Make sure you have your PIN number for the online Free Application for Student Aid (FAFSA). If you need to apply for a PIN or need a reminder of what it is, go to www.pin.ed.gov and they will e-mail your PIN to you. Dependent students should give this information to their parents, too, as they will need their own PIN in order to sign the FAFSA.

2. By late January: File your 2003 taxes. Make and save an extra copy in case the Financial Aid Office asks for it.

3. By early February: Go to www.fafsa.ed.gov. Use your 2003 taxes to file your Renewal FAFSA. When you start your application, say “YES” when you see the pop-up box that asks whether you would like to sign electronically. Give them your e-mail address. Dependent students should have their parents sign electronically as well. Make sure you go all the way through the form. At the end you will receive a confirmation with an Estimated Family Contribution (EFC). Print out and save the confirmation page.

4. You will receive e-mail notification containing a direct link to your Student Aid Report (SAR) online if you provided a valid e-mail address. This notification has a link to the FAFSA Website that enables you to see, print, or correct your SAR as needed. When you get the SAR e-mail, review the information you provided on your FAFSA and make sure it is correct. If you have to make subsequent changes, doing so is easy: just go back to www.fafsa.ed.gov.

5. The FAFSA information will be sent to the HPU’s Financial Aid Office within a month. We will send an award notification letter out to you within two weeks. Make sure to complete all the documents required and get them right back to us, so that we can process your aid in time for the fall semester.

6. Keep an eye out for any additional mail you might get about your financial aid. The sooner you get everything done, the sooner you get your aid. Double check your financial aid status on the HPU Pipeline. You can see if there are any more documents you need to file. You can also download whatever documents you need. You can see your financial aid award as soon as it is awarded and review your student account.

 

Question:

What if I can’t do my taxes by late January or early February?

It is always best to do your financial aid from completed tax documents, and we encourage you to plan to file your taxes early every year that you apply for aid. However, do not let problems with taxes get in the way of your FAFSA. File your FAFSA based on the best estimates you can, using your W-2s and previous years tax forms, in order to apply on time.

Is filing online the best way to do the FAFSA?

Yes! It is faster, easier, and more accurate. If you have changes to make to your FAFSA, the changes are made much faster and reported to us earlier. We do have paper FAFSAs in the office.

I am a graduate student. I don’t need to file by March 1, do I?

The March 1 priority deadline pertains to students who are applying for federal campus-based funds. However, graduate and undergraduate students alike should file their FAFSAs no later than March 1 to ensure that their loans are processed, their money available to pay out in the first week of school, and that any refunds they expect are ready by mid-September.

I have more questions, what should I do?

HPU Pipeline has all of your specific financial aid information. Double check the pipeline regularly to make sure that you have done everything you must for financial aid. Also, as always, you can call us at 544-0253 and we will be happy to help you with your financial aid questions.

 

 

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