Tips for completing a FAFSA
- FAFSA Tips for Military and Veterans [PDF]
- FAFSA Tips for Students in Unique Situations [PDF]
- FAFSA Tips for Undocumented Students [PDF]
The FSA ID – a username and password – has replaced the Federal Student Aid PIN and must be used to log in to certain U.S. Department of Education websites. Your FSA ID confirms your identity when you access your financial aid information and electronically sign Federal Student Aid documents.
- If you already have a Federal Student Aid PIN you will be able to enter it and link it to your FSA ID.
- Apply for a FSA ID at fsaid.ed.gov/npas/index.htm.
- You and your custodial parent (if applicable) will need your own FSA ID allowing you both to sign the FAFSA electronically.
- Parents can use the same FSA ID to sign the FAFSA for multiple children from one year to the next.
- FSA IDs do not expire and can be used when filing for financial aid in future years.
- Your FSA ID serves as your electronic signature and provides access to your personal records, so never share your FSA ID with anyone.
You may submit your FAFSA prior to applying for admission to Anderson University. However, you must be admitted to a degree-seeking program that leads to an associate, baccalaureate, master’s, or doctorate degree (or a teacher’s certification program) before eligibility will be considered and to receive a financial aid award letter.
You will need the student’s driver’s license and both student and parent Social Security numbers. Use the student’s name as it appears on the Social Security card. Non-U.S. citizens provide alien registration numbers or permanent residence numbers.
Provide a current, valid email address — one that the U.S. Department of Education and Division of Student Financial Aid (SFA), can use to communicate important information about your FAFSA status. Promptly reply to any requests for additional information.
Students and parents should gather their W-2’s and tax documents to complete the Financial Information section. You are strongly encouraged to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (part of FAFSA on the Web) to transfer your prior year federal tax information into the FAFSA.
Male students must register with Selective Service to be eligible for aid. Register one month before turning 18 years old or select “Register Me” while completing the FAFSA.
Sign the FAFSA:
Both student and parent electronically sign the FAFSA using their Federal Student Aid ID. We recommend printing the FAFSA confirmation page as proof of the date and time of your FAFSA submission. Keep this in your records.
College Goal Sunday:
Want personal help with completing your FAFSA? College Goal Sunday occurs each February to provide one-on-one FAFSA assistance at locations across the state. For dates and locations visit https://www.collegegoalsunday.org.
Your eligibility for grants, scholarships, work-study, and loans for the upcoming fall and spring semesters will be mailed in the form of a financial aid award letter. The Office of Financial Aid sends this notification via U.S. mail to admitted students who have a FAFSA on file. The most common delays occur when the U.S. Department of Education requires AU to verify certain items on your FAFSA application. Please respond in a timely manner to our request for additional information to maintain financial aid eligibility and prevent delays.
Contact the Office of Financial Aid at email@example.com of any outside or private scholarships, grants, or loans you plan to receive.
Employment and Federal Work Study
Federal Work-Study Program (FWS)
- Financial need; perform satisfactory work; must maintain satisfactory academic progress
- FAFSA required annually
- On-campus and off-campus jobs with non-profit organizations available for students with financial need. Some summer jobs also provided. Wages, hours, and job skill requirements vary. Most students work 10-15 hours per week.
Anderson University Employment
- Amount varies; paid hourly
- Perform satisfactory work; must maintain satisfactory academic progress
- Preference given to students demonstrating special skills needed for certain jobs.
Other employment includes:
- Stipend positions on-campus
- Off-campus jobs. The Anderson community provides students with employment near the University.
For additional information about student employment, both on and off campus, please visit the Human Resources Student Employment Information.
U.S. Department of Education Student Guide The Student Guide provides information about financial aid from the U.S. Department of Education. Free, online tools help students and parents access information about higher education and learn the facts about its affordability.
FAFSA on the Web You may use this online form to complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid over the Internet.
Financial Aid Estimation Form A calculator to estimate your Expected Family Contribution (EFC) and financial need.
FinancialAidTips.org Financial Aid Tips is a public service web site developed by financial aid counselors to assist you in understanding your financial aid options and help you chart your course to earning a college degree.