Applying for Financial Aid
Whether you just applied for financial aid or are planning for the next academic year, it is always helpful to map out the financial aid process so you can plan for your future.
- Create your FSA ID (the FSA ID replaces the FSA PIN)
- Watch a video about creating your FSA ID
- 11 Common FAFSA Mistakes
- Overview: 5 Easy Steps to Financial Aid
- How can parents help their student with the FAFSA? New Video!
- 7 Easy Steps to the FAFSA New 2016-2017 version--complete review of the FAFSA
- Data Retrieval Transfer (DRT) video--only reviews how to transfer IRS tax information to your FAFSA
- Complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)
- Renewing the FAFSA--file for every academic year early!
Applying for Aid
Selected for Verificaiton
Selected for Verification
Just because you have completed the FAFSA does not mean that you have finished your financial aid application. Every year, at least 30% of the applicants are selected for a process called verification. This does not mean that you have made mistakes and it is not like an audit by the IRS. Even if you have made mistakes, they can be corrected with the verification process.
- You (and your parents if you are considered dependent) will need to complete a Verification Worksheet which usually confirms household members, number in college, and if a federal tax return was filed.
- If you did file a federal tax return, you (and your parents, if dependent) will be required to submit an IRS Tax Return Transcript or obtain a PDF copy online (print your tax return transcript or have a paper copy mailed to your home) at www.irs.gov or use the Data Retrieval Transfer (DRT) on the FAFSA.
- If there is conflicting information, this may require additional information about assets or marital status.
- Once all of your documents have been submitted to the Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships, your application will be reviewed by one of the financial aid officers. If complete, your financial aid application will be reviewed for a Financial Aid Award Offer which will be sent to your home if you are a freshman. If you are a continuing student, you will receive an email to notify you of login to the UM-Dearborn Connect to review and accept your award.
Citizenship Status, Selective Service, Social Security Matches, Incomplete FAFSAs
- All applicants are required to be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen to be considered for financial aid. If your status is not confirmed by the Social Security Administration (SSA) and/or the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), you will be required to bring your original documentation of your citizen or eligible non-citizen status to campus so the original can be copied by one of the university staff at the Enrollment Services counter or by the Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships. Documentation will be reviewed by a financial aid officer to determine if the submitted document satisfies the requirement.
- Nearly all males between the ages of 18-25 must register with the Selective Service System (SSS) at www.sss.gov. The SSS verifies each male applicant has registered with Selective Service.
- The Social Security Administration (SSA) matches the name, date of birth, and Social Security number provided on the FAFSA for applicants and parents with their records. When there is a mismatch, additional documentation of name, date of birth, and Social Security number must be submitted to the Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships to resolve this issue.
- Incomplete FAFSAs cannot be processed by the Federal Student Aid Processing Center. Until the issue(s) can be resolved, the Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships cannot make a Financial Aid Award Offer. The most common problem is absence of a required signature.
- The FAFSA uses the prior year's (2015) income, current household size and assets. When a family's projected income (2016) will be significantly reduced because of job loss, reduction in child support, divorce, separation, or death, the applicant should meet with a financial aid officer to determine if completing a Special Circumstances appeal would be of benefit.