2014-2015 FAFSA On The Web Presentation - English

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Applying for Financial Aid
2014-2015
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What Will You Learn At This Workshop?
 Types and sources of financial aid
 Required financial aid application forms
 How to complete the Free Application for Federal
Student Aid (FAFSA) and the Cal Grant GPA
Verification Form
 Answers to your individual questions
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Types of Financial Aid
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Gift Aid - Grants or
scholarships that do not
need to be repaid

Work - Money earned by
the student as payment
for a job on or off campus

Loans - Borrowed money
to be paid back, usually
with interest
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Sources of Financial Aid
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Federal government
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State government
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Colleges and universities
Private agencies,
companies, foundations,
and parents’ employers
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Cal Grants
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Cal Grant A Entitlement Awards – for high school seniors
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Cal Grant B Entitlement Awards – for high school seniors
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Cal Grant C Awards - for students from low income families
and recent high school grads with a Grade Point Average (GPA)
of at least 3.0, family income and assets below the state ceilings,
who demonstrate financial need
and recent high school grads with a GPA of at least 2.0, who
come from disadvantaged or low income families, whose
family income and assets are below the state ceilings, and
who demonstrate financial need
pursuing vocational programs of study
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Eligibility for Cal Grants
 To be eligible for a Cal Grant,
the student must also:
 be a U.S. citizen, eligible
noncitizen, or AB540
student
 be a California resident
 attend an accredited eligible
California college or
university at least half-time
in 2014-15
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Residency and Cal Grant
Eligibility for 2014-2015
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If unmarried and under 18 years of age, the student will be considered a legal
resident of California if:
• parents have been legal residents of California for one year immediately
prior to September 20, 2014, or
• student has lived in California with other legal California residents, other
than parents, for two years immediately prior to September 20, 2014, or
• parents who are active duty military, stationed in California at the time the
student enrolls in college, or parents’ military home of record is California
•
If married or 18 years of age or older, the student establishes his/her own
residence status. The student must be a legal resident of California for one year
prior to September 20, 2014
•
Undocumented students who qualify for AB540 in-state tuition satisfy Cal Grant
residency requirements
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2014-2015 Cal Grant
Application Requirements
• By March 2, 2014, complete and submit:
Free
Application for
Federal
Student Aid
(FAFSA)
OR
If eligible under AB540,
students should
complete the
California Dream Act
Application:
www.caldreamact.org
Cal Grant
GPA
Verification
Form
Check with your high school or college counselor for more details on how to file the
Cal Grant GPA Verification Form, required of all students
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Possible Cal Grant and
Federal Pell Grant Maximum Awards
If the student qualifies for
Cal Grant, amounts vary
depending on the school
the student attends,
financial need, year in
college and enrollment
status (full or part-time)
If the student qualifies for
the Federal Pell Grant,
amounts vary depending
on family contribution
and enrollment status
(full or part-time)
Other eligibility
requirements may apply
Cal Grant* (Up to $12,192)
1 FAFSA or
California Dream Act Application
2 Your GPA
3 Apply by March 2
+
Federal Pell Grant (up to $5,645)
1 FAFSA
= Up to
$17,837
maximum annually
* Check for eligible schools at: www.csac.ca.gov
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Middle Class Scholarship (MCS)
 Starting with the Fall of 2014-15, the Middle Class Scholarship (MCS) will be
phased in to assist new and continuing UC and CSU undergraduate students with
family incomes up to $150,000
 To apply, after January 1, 2014, students should submit
 2014-15 FAFSA
 For AB540 students, the 2014-15 California Dream Act Application
 Note: no GPA is required
 MCS awards vary based on the number of eligible students, the institution, and
state funding allocated. In 2014-15, maximum awards will range up to $1,706
 Amounts are determined after Federal Pell Grants, Cal Grants and institutional
grants are awarded. Students cannot receive both grant aid and the MCS
 Qualifying students will be notified by the California Student Aid Commission
 In 2017-18, when fully funded, the maximum awards will be no more that 40
percent of UC and CSU system-wide tuition and fees
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California Chafee Grant
• The California Chafee Grant program provides up to
$5,000 annually to current and former foster youth for
college or vocational training at any accredited college
in the U.S., based on available funding
• To be eligible, foster youth must have been in
California foster care on their 16th birthday and not
have reached their 22nd birthday before
July 1, 2014
• Foster youth are encouraged to apply during their
senior year of high school
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To apply, the foster youth must complete:
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•
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2014-2015 FAFSA
California Chafee Grant Program Application
AB540 students may also be eligible
To apply for a
Chafee Grant, go to:
www.chafee.csac.ca.gov
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Types of Applications
 FAFSA
 Undocumented student covered under AB540
should complete the California Dream Act
Application
 Cal Grant GPA Verification Form
 Other applications or forms as required by the
college such as:
•
CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE
•
Institutional Scholarship and/or Financial
Aid Application
•
2013 federal tax returns (along with all schedules
and W-2s) or other income documentation
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FAFSA Information & Tips
 File early, but no later than
March 2, 2014, to be
considered for a Cal Grant
 Use estimated 2013 income
information if taxes are not
complete at time of FAFSA
submission
 Student and at least one
parent whose information is
reported must complete and
sign the FAFSA
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FAFSA on the Web (FOTW)
•
Internet application used by students and
parents to complete electronic FAFSA at:
www.fafsa.gov
•
Sophisticated on-line edits and skip logic
help avoid errors
•
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On-line help is available for each question
Student and one custodial parent should
get a federal PIN to sign FAFSA at:
www.pin.ed.gov
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Federal PIN
 PIN (Personal Identification Number)

Needed to sign and access the FAFSA
 Both student and one parent need PINs
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to sign
the FAFSA electronically
May be used to:
• Check on FAFSA status
• Verify and correct FAFSA data
• Add additional schools to receive FAFSA data
• Change home and e-mail addresses
PIN will be generated only if a valid email
address is provided
Apply for student
and parent PINs at:
www.pin.ed.gov
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Another Useful Form FAFSA on the Web Worksheet
Though not a required form,
the 2014-2015 FAFSA on the
Web Worksheet may:
•
•
Help some students prepare to
complete the FOTW
Be used for the January 1, 2014
through June 30, 2015 federal
aid application cycle
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Getting Ready
 Before starting the FAFSA on the Web (FOTW), gather:
• Student driver’s license
• Student Alien Registration Card, if applicable
• Student and Parent
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Social Security cards
2013 W-2 Forms and records of money earned and other
taxable benefits
2013 federal income tax form (even if not yet completed)
Records of untaxed income
Current bank statements
Business, farm, and other real estate records
Records of stocks, bonds, and other investments
Complete 2014-15 FOTW Worksheet (optional)
Create a file for copies of all financial aid documents submitted
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FAFSA on the Web (FOTW)
The 2014-2015 FAFSA on the Web may be used for the
January 1, 2014 through June 30, 2015 federal student
aid application cycle
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The FOTW
A Seven-Section Online Form
Section 1 – Student Demographics
Section 2 – School Selection
Section 3 – Dependency Status
Section 4 – Parent Demographics
Section 5 – Financial Information
Section 6 – Sign and Submit
Section 7 – Confirmation
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Getting Started on the FOTW
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Login
 This is the first of two login questions that initiates the FOTW
 The FOTW will ask for the student’s first and last names
 Make sure to report the student’s name exactly as it appears on
the student’s Social Security card
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Create a Password
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FAFSA Introduction Page
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Section 1
STUDENT DEMOGRAPHICS
Section 1
Student Name
 The FOTW will ask for the student’s last and first names as
well as middle initial
 Make sure to report the student’s name exactly as it appears
on the student’s Social Security card
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Section 1
Student Social Security Number
 Double check the student’s Social Security Number
when entering it on the FOTW.
 Both student name and Social Security Number will
be compared through a database match.
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Section 1 – Student Date of Birth,
Gender, Permanent Mailing Address
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Section 1
Student Home State Residency
 Home state residence
 if the student is dependent, the Home State is usually the
one in which the custodial parent(s) lives
 Home state is also used
 to determine eligibility for state grants
 in the need calculation to determine the appropriate allowance
for state and other taxes paid by that state’s residents
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Section 1
Phone Number and E-mail Address
 Throughout the application process, the student
telephone number and e-mail address may be used by the
U.S. Department of Education, the state, and the colleges
and universities to:
 Correspond with the student
 Confirm FAFSA data
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Section 1
Student Marital Status
 The student should check his or her marital status as
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of the date the FAFSA on the Web is submitted
If the student is married or remarried, he or she will
be asked to provide information about his or her
spouse
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Section 1
Student Driver’s License
 Students should provide their driver’s license
number if they have one
 This information may be used to confirm student
identity if needed
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Section 1 - Student Citizenship Status
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If U.S. citizen, status will be confirmed by Social Security match
If eligible noncitizen, status will be confirmed by Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
match. This includes:
 U.S. permanent residents with I-551
 Conditional permanent residents with I-551C
 The holder of an Arrival-Departure Record (I-94) from the Department of Homeland
Security showing any of the following designations: “Refugee,” “Asylum Granted,”
“Parolee” (I-94 confirms paroled for a minimum of one year and status has not
expired), T-Visa holder (T-1, T-2, T-3, etc.) or “Cuban-Haitian Entrant;” or
 The holder of a valid certification or eligibility letter from the Department of Health and
Human Services showing a designation of “Victim of human trafficking.”
 A resident of the Republic of Palau (PW), the Republic of the Marshall Islands (MH), or
the Federated States of Micronesia (FM)
 Canadian-born Native American under terms of the Jay Treaty
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Section 1 - Eligible Noncitizen
If eligible noncitizen, write in the student’s eight- or nine-digit Alien Registration
Number (ARN)
 Precede an eight-digit ARN with a zero
 Copy of the student’s Permanent Registration Card may be requested by the
financial aid office
If neither a citizen nor eligible noncitizen, the student is ineligible for federal aid.
Such students should check with their college financial aid office for other aid
opportunities.
If the student is undocumented as defined in AB540, he/she may be eligible for state
California Dream Act financial aid. Learn more at www.caldreamact.org
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Section 1
Undocumented Students
If the student is undocumented
 and is applying to any California public college or
university, check to see if he/she might be eligible
for in-state tuition/fee costs under AB540
 If eligible for AB540, apply for California Dream Act
financial aid at www.caldreamact.org
 check with colleges and universities about CA
Dream Act institutional financial aid and private
scholarships and the timelines for applying
 apply for all other private scholarships for which
the student may be eligible
 start inquiring in elementary, middle or high school
to see if it is possible for younger students to
become permanent residents
For more information and a list of scholarships, go to:
www.e4fc.org/resources/scholarshiplists.html
www.maldef.org/assets/pdf/2012-2013_MALDEF_Scholarship_List.pdf
www.caldreamact.org
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Section 1 - High School Completion Status
High School Completion Status
When the student begins college in the 2014-2015
school year, what will be the student’s high school
completion status?
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High school diploma
GED certificate
Home schooled
None of the above
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Section 1 - Grade Level in 2014-15
2014-2015
When the student begins the 2014-2015 school year, what will be his/her grade level?
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Never attended college/1st year
Attended college before/1st year
2nd year/sophomore
3rd year/junior
4th year/senior
5th year/other undergraduate
1st year graduate/professional
Continuing graduate/professional or beyond
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Section 1 - Degree or Certificate Objective
2014-2015
In the 2014-2015 school year, what degree or certificate will you, the
student, be working on?
 Some options are:
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1st bachelor’s degree
Associate degree (occupational or technical program)
Associate degree (general education or transfer program)
Graduate or professional degree
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Section 1
Interest in Work-Study
 Select “Yes” if the student is interested in a college-
sponsored on or off-campus job
 Answering “Yes” does not guarantee that the student
will be offered a job
 Answering “No” does not mean that the student will
receive additional grant or scholarship
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Section 1
First Bachelor’s Degree
Will you have your first Bachelor’s degree before July 1, 2014?
 students starting college in 2014-15 should mark “No” to this
question
 only students who will be pursuing a graduate or
professional degree during 2014-15 should mark “Yes”
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Section 1
Parents’ Educational Level
Indicate highest level of
schooling completed by the
student’s biological or
adoptive parents (for state
award purposes only)
 Use birth parents or adoptive
parents - not stepparents or
foster parents
 This definition of parent is
unique to these two questions
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Section 1 - Student Aid Eligibility Drug Convictions
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Students who have never attended college since high school will not be
asked any of the Drug Conviction questions
Students who indicate that they have attended college before will be
asked if they have ever received federal student aid
If the answer is “yes,” students will be asked if they were convicted for the
possession or sale of illegal drugs. Most students will answer ‘No” to this
question and will not be asked any additional questions
Even students who have been convicted of a drug offense while in college
and receiving federal financial aid may still be eligible to receive federal
financial aid
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Section 1 - Selective Service Registration
•
All male students who are between the ages of 18 and 25
years must be registered with Selective Service to receive
federal and/or state aid
•
Answer “Register me” only if you are male, aged 18-25,
and have not yet registered.
•
The student may also register by going to:
www.sss.gov
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Section 1 - High School Question
High School Question
•
•
•
Enter the name, city and state of the high school where the student received or will
receive a high school diploma
Select “Confirm” to retrieve the high school information
If no matches are found, the student should select “Next” to save the search
information and continue with the FOTW application
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Section 2
SCHOOL SELECTION
Section 2
School Selection
 FAFSA on the Web allows the student to list up to 10
colleges/universities that will receive his/her student
and parent information
 The student should list first the California school
he/she is most likely to attend
 The student may re-order his/her school choices
 Then list other schools to which the student is
applying for admission
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Section 2
School Selection
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While in the School Selection
Section, the student will be
asked to enter the location
and name or the federal
school code for each school to
which he/she wants FOTW
information sent
If the student does not know
the federal school code, enter
the state in which the
college/university is located
and search for the federal
school code by the
college/university name
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Section 2
School Selection
Strategies for Listing Colleges
 List a California college or university first (for Cal


Grant consideration)
Then list those schools with the earliest financial aid
deadlines, regardless of whether they are in-state or
out-of-state
If the student is applying to more than ten schools,
wait for the processed Student Aid Report (SAR) and
add additional schools via the Web or by phone
using the student PIN
NOTE: Each UC and CSU campus must be listed separately
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Section 2 - School Selection
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The student will be asked to select the housing plan that best describes the type of housing
the student expects to have while attending each listed school
The choices for housing are:

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
On Campus
With Parent
Off Campus
The student’s choice of housing may affect the amount of financial aid for which he/she is
eligible. It is usually more expensive to live on or off campus than with parents or relatives
Remember, selecting the On Campus housing option is not an application for On Campus
housing. Check with the colleges/ universities for housing information when you apply for
admission
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Section 3
STUDENT DEPENDENCY STATUS
Section 3
Determination of Student Dependency Status
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Section 3 - Determination of Student Dependency Status
(cont)
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Section 3 - Determination of Student Dependency Status
(cont)
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Section 3 - Determination of Student
Dependency Status
 If the student checks “No” in all of the boxes about
Dependency Status, the student will be asked to go
to Section 4. For FAFSA filing purposes, the student
is considered a dependent student and will be
required to provide parental information
 If any one of the items in this section applies to the
student, he/she should mark the appropriate box,
skip Section 4, and go to Section 5. The student is
considered an independent student for FAFSA filing
purposes and is NOT required to provide parental
information
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Section 4
PARENT
DEMOGRAPHICS
Section 4
Parent Demographics
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If the answer to any question is zero or
the question does not apply, enter 0:
Report whole dollar figures:
12,356
0
(no cents)
Recommendation: If your parents have not filed
their 2013 federal tax return, use W-2 forms and/or
other employment records - such as final 2013 pay
check stubs - to estimate total income
Remember, rather than miss any filing deadline, use
estimated 2013 income information
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Section 4
Parent Demographics
Who is considered a parent ?
 Biological or adoptive parent(s)
 Including same-sex and unmarried
parents living together
 In case of divorce or separation,
provide information about the
parent and/or stepparent the
student lived with more in the last
12 months
 Stepparent (regardless of any
prenuptial agreements)
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Section 4
Who is Not a Parent?
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Section 4
Parent Marital Status
 Report your parents’ marital status as of today
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Never Married
Unmarried and both parents living together
Married or Remarried (also report the date of marriage or remarriage)
Divorced or separated (also report the date of divorce or separation)
Widowed (also report the date of widowhood)
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Section 4
Parent Information
 If the student is providing Parent Information, he/she will need
those parents’:
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Social Security Numbers
Last names and first initials
Dates of Birth
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Section 4 - Parent E-mail Address
 Provide a parent e-mail address that will be valid
at least until the student starts college
 If a parent provides an e-mail address, the FAFSA
processor will let them know the student’s FAFSA
has been processed
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Section 4
Parent State of Legal Residence
California
California
California
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Section 4 - Parent Household Size

Include in the parents’ household:
 the student
 parent(s)
 parents’ other dependent children, if
the parents provide more than half their
support or the children could answer “no” to every question in
Section 3, regardless of where they live
 other people, if they now live with the parents and will continue to
do so from 7/1/14 through 6/30/15, and if the parents provide more
than half their support now, and will continue to provide support
from 7/1/14 through 6/30/15
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Section 4 - College Students in the Parent Household
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•
•
Always include the student even if he/she will attend college
less than half-time in 2014-2015
Include other household members only if they will attend at
least half-time in 2014-2015 in a program that leads to a
college degree or certificate
Never include the parents in the number in college
NOTE: Some financial aid offices will require documentation
that other family members are attending college
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Section 5
PARENT FINANCIAL
INFORMATION
Section 5 - Parents’ 2013 Tax Return Filing Completion Status
2013
 Students will be asked to provide information about their parent tax
filing status for 2013:
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If parents have completed a 2013 federal income tax return, select
“Already completed”
If parents have not as yet filed, but plan to file a 2013 federal income
tax return, select “Will file”
If parents have not, nor will not, file a 2013 federal income tax return
and are not required to do so, select “Not going to file”
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Section 5 - Parents’ 2013 Tax Return Filing Status
 Students will be asked to provide information about their parent tax
filing status for 2013 according to their tax return:

If parents have filed (or will file) a 2013 federal tax return, will they file as:
 Single
 Head of Household
 Married-Filed Joint Return
 Married-Filed Separate Return
 Qualifying Widow(er)
 Don’t Know
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Section 5
IRS Data Retrieval
 This question asks if parents have completed
their 2013 IRS income tax return
 If parent(s) answer “Already completed,” they
will be given the option to transfer their 2013
income tax information directly from IRS
records to the FOTW
 If parents indicate that they have recently
filed their 2013 taxes, they may not be able to
access their IRS data if they have filed taxes
electronically within the last three weeks or
by mail within the last eleven weeks
 Instead, they should use their actual 2013 IRS
tax return to complete the FOTW so the
student does not miss any important financial
aid deadlines
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Section 5
IRS Data Retrieval (cont)
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Section 5
IRS Data Retrieval (cont)
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Section 5
IRS Tax Transcript
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Section 5
2013 Adjusted Gross Income
•
•
•
If the student’s parents have not yet filed their 2013 federal tax
return, use estimated 2013 information for this question
The “Income Estimator” on the FOTW may help calculate this
amount
If the student’s parents have completed their 2013 federal tax
return, use actual 2013 tax return information to complete this
item if they are not eligible to use the IRS Data Retrieval
process
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Section 5
Type of Tax Return Filed
 Students will be asked to select what type of 2013 federal income
tax return their parent(s) will file
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IRS 1040
IRS 1040A or 1040EZ
Foreign tax return
A tax return with Puerto Rico, a U.S. territory or Freely Associated State
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Section 5 - Money Earned from Work by
Parent(s) in 2013
Use W-2 forms and other records to determine all
income in 2013 earned from work (including business
income earned from self-employment) for Parent 1 and
Parent 2
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Section 5 - Parent Dislocated Worker
 The student will be asked to check if the father/stepfather and/or
mother/stepmother is a dislocated worker
 A person may be considered a dislocated worker if he or she:
 is receiving unemployment benefits due to being laid off or losing a job and is
unlikely to return to a previous occupation
 has been laid off or received a lay-off notice from a job
 was self-employed but is now unemployed due to economic conditions or natural
disaster
 is a displaced homemaker
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Section 5 - Parents’ 2012 or 2013
Household Federal Benefits
Indicate if the student, his/her parents, or anyone in the parents’ household received benefits
in 2012 or 2013 from any of the federal programs listed
 Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
 Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Programs (SNAP)
 Free or Reduced Price (School) Lunch
 Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
 Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC)
 None of the above
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Section 5 – 1040A or EZ Tax Return
• This question asks whether the student’s parents, who
indicated they will file an IRS 1040, are eligible to file a
1040A or 1040EZ instead
•
Students and parent should read the directions
accompanying this question carefully
•
If students or parents are uncertain as to the answer to
this question, it is fine to select “Don’t know”
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Section 5 - Parents’ 2013 U.S. Income Taxes
• Enter the amount of parents’ income tax for 2013
•
Use U.S. income tax paid (or to be paid), not the amount
withheld from parents’ paychecks
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Section 5
Parent 2013 Tax Exemptions
2013.
 Enter the parents’ tax exemptions for 2013
 Be sure to include all persons being claimed on the
parents’ 2013 federal tax return, regardless of
whether they are included in the parents’
household size question
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Section 5
2013 Additional Financial Information
The student will be asked to report if his or her parents received or paid any of the
following items in 2013. Check all that apply and provide amounts.
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American Opportunity or Lifetime Learning tax credits
Child support paid
Taxable earnings from Work-study, Assistantships, or Fellowships
Taxable grant and scholarship aid reported to the IRS
Combat pay or special combat pay
Cooperative education program earnings
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Section 5
2013 Parent Untaxed Income
 The student will be asked to
report if his or her parents had
any untaxed income in 2013.
Check all that apply. Some
examples of the most common
items are:
 Payments to tax-deferred
pension and savings plans
such as 401K
 IRA deductions, and
payments to self-employed
SEP and Keogh
 Child support received
 Tax exempt interest income
 Housing, food and other
living allowances paid to
members of the military and
clergy
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Section 5
Parent Asset Information
Parents may be asked to report their assets as
of the day they complete the FOTW if amounts
exceed those shown on the FOTW. If so:
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Parent(s) must list the net value of their assets
as of the day they complete the FOTW
If net worth is zero, enter 0
0
NOTE: Some financial aid offices may request supporting
documentation for the answers to these questions
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Section 5
Parent Assets
If asked, students should report the current balances of their parents’ cash, savings, and
checking accounts as of the day they complete the FOTW
 They may also be asked to provide information about the net value of parent investments
such as real estate, rental property, money market and mutual funds, stocks, bonds and
other securities
 In addition, they may be asked questions about the net value of parent businesses and
investment farms
 They should not include the home in which they live, the value of life insurance and
retirement plans, or the value of a family-owned and controlled small business
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Section 5
STUDENT INFORMATION
Section 5
Student Financial Information
 Student questions in Section 5 are identical to the
parent financial questions we covered
 If the student is married, also report spouse’s income
and assets
 The questions in Section 5 also ask:
 Which 2013 federal tax return the student filed or will
file
 The student’s 2013 Adjusted Gross Income, if filing a
tax return, and earnings from work as well as untaxed
income and assets
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Section 5 – Student Information
(Independent Students)
 There are questions in Section 5 that the student will
be asked only if he/she checked at least one “Yes”
response in Section 3 – Dependency Status
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Section 5 – Student Household Size
(Independent Students)
 Student Household Size
 Include in student’s household:
 the student and the student’s spouse (if married)
 the student’s dependent children, if the student
provides more than half their support
 other people, if they now live with
the student and will continue to do so from 7/1/14
through 6/30/15, and if the student provides more
than half their support now, and will
continue to provide that level
of support from 7/1/14 through 6/30/15
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Section 5 – Student Number in College
(Independent Students)
 Student Number in College
 Count the student even if the student will attend
college less than half-time in 2014-2015
 Report others if included in the previous student
household size question only if they will attend at
least half-time in 2014-2015 in a program that leads
to a college degree or certificate
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Section 5
Student Dislocated Worker
 A person may be considered a dislocated worker if
he/she:
 is receiving unemployment benefits due to being laid
off or losing a job and is unlikely to return to a previous
occupation
 has been laid off or received a lay-off notice from a job
 was self-employed but is now unemployed due to
economic conditions or natural disaster
 is a displaced homemaker
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Section 5 – Student Household Federal
Benefits (Independent Students)
 Indicate if the student, his/her spouse, or anyone in
the student’s household received benefits in 2012 or
2013 from any of the federal programs listed
 Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
 Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Programs (SNAP)
 Free or Reduced Price School Lunch
 Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
 Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women,
Infants and Children (WIC)
 None of the above
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Section 6
SIGN AND SUBMIT
Section 6
Student Signature Page
 Sign and Submit
 Recommend that students
sign the FAFSA
electronically using their
PINs
 Remember to read and
mark “Agree” to the student
Terms of Agreement
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Section 6
Parent Signature Page
 Sign and Submit
 Recommend that one
custodial parent signs the
FAFSA electronically using
his/her PIN
 Remember to read and mark
“Agree” to the Terms of
Agreement
 Parent(s) without Social Security
Numbers
 Click on “Other options to
sign and submit” for Paper
Signature Page
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Section 7
CONFIRMATION
Section 7
Confirmation
 Confirmation Page
 Confirms date and time of
submission of the FOTW to
the U.S. Department of
Education
 Shows
 Expected Family
Contribution (EFC)
 Estimated Federal Pell
Grant and Federal
Stafford Loan eligibility
 List of schools to receive
FAFSA data
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Section 7
Confirmation
 Confirmation Page
 Also provides parent(s) with
other children planning to
attend college in 2014-15 the
opportunity to transfer
parental information to other
children’s FOTWs.
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Go to www.fafsa.gov to complete and submit your application.
For more information on federal student aid,
visit www.StudentAid.gov
You can also talk with your college’s financial aid office
about other types of student aid that may be available
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Special Circumstances
 Contact the Financial Aid Office if there are circumstances
which affect a family’s ability to pay for college such as:
 Loss or reduction in parent or student income or assets
 Death or serious illness
 Natural disasters affecting parent income or assets such as
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
the recent California wind storms, wild fires, floods, or
mudslides
Unusual medical or dental expenses not covered by
insurance
Reduction in child support, Social Security benefits or other
untaxed benefits
Financial responsibility for elderly grandparents, or
Any other unusual circumstances that affect a family’s ability
to contribute to higher education
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Application Filing Tips
FAFSA on the Web
 Gather necessary documents ahead of time
 Complete a FAFSA on the Web available at:

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
www.fafsa.gov
Allow ample time to complete the online FOTW application for
submission by the deadline
Check the FAFSA on the Web for accuracy prior to submission
Save all work periodically
Sign the application using student’s and one custodial parent’s
PINs
Print and keep a copy of the FAFSA before submitting data
Print and keep a copy of the Submission Confirmation Page
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Student Aid Report (SAR)
 After the student completes the FAFSA on
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
the Web, a SAR will be sent to the student
 An electronic SAR Acknowledgment will
be sent if student provides an email
address
 A paper SAR will be mailed if no student
e-mail address is provided
An electronic copy of the data will be sent to
each college or university listed by the
student in Section 2
Keep a copy of the SAR with other financial
aid documents
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What Happens Next?
Students and the colleges the student listed receive Student Aid
Report (SAR) from federal processor

Students who complete FAFSA and Cal Grant GPA Verification Form
receive California Aid Report (CAR)

Students and families review SAR and CAR for important
information and accuracy of data

Colleges match admission records with FAFSA and other
required financial aid forms to determine aid eligibility

Colleges provide notices of financial aid eligibility to admitted
students who have completed all required financial aid forms
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Federal Verification
 Some students may be required to verify the information reported on the
FAFSA
 If selected for verification, the tax information of federal tax filers will be
verified through
 The IRS Date Retrieval Process, or
 IRS Tax transcripts if requested by the college or university
 Non-tax filers selected for verification may be asked to provide
 Signed statements confirming that they did not file a 2013 federal tax return
and were not required by IRS to do so
 Copies of W-2s or other income documentation from each employer , if any
income was earned from work
 All selected aid applicants will also be asked to verify certain demographic
data listed such as
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
Household size and number in college
Child Support paid and SNAP, if reported on the FAFSA
Enrollment History for transfer students
Identity Confirmation
IRS Transcripts available at:
http://www.irs.gov/Individuals/Ordera-Transcript
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Check Your Cal Grant
By opening a WebGrants Account a student can:
 Check Cal Grant award status 24/7
 Confirm student’s high school graduation as
required
 Make changes to Cal Grant school choices
 View how much a Cal Grant is worth at
different California colleges and universities
 View Cal Grant payment history
 Create a WebGrants account at:
www.webgrants4students.org
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Summary of the Financial Aid Process

Submit all required forms, including the FAFSA, by each college’s
published deadlines (but no later than March 2)
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By March 2, submit a Cal Grant GPA Verification Form
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Review the California Aid Report (CAR)

Be sure to apply for financial aid this year and every year as
soon as possible after January 1 to receive the best financial aid
award possible
Keep a copy of all forms submitted
Review the electronic Student Aid Report (SAR)
Acknowledgement or the paper SAR sent to the student
Watch for financial aid award notifications from colleges to
which the student has been admitted
ASK QUESTIONS!
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If You Need Help at Any Time
 FAFSA on the Web – Live Help
 Phone 1-800-4-FED-AID
(1-800-433-3243)
 E-mail the U.S. Department of
Education at:
[email protected]
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