Applying for Aid

5 Easy Steps to Financial Aid

The Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships encourages students to complete their FAFSA. Even if you are running late,you can still apply for the 2021-2022 FAFSA now!  Remember, our office cannot make a financial aid award until you are an admitted student.

We strongly recommend that our prospective and current students file their 2022-2023 FAFSA as soon as the FAFSA website opens to receive applications which is October 1, 2021 (just one month after you start your Fall 2021 Semester!!!) 

Set you phone calendar for October 31, 2021--Halloween, it is easy to remember to get an early start.

Selected for Verification

The U.S. Department of Education has authorized institutions to waive certain verification requirements for the 2022-2023 academic year.

While we work on waiving the eligible requirements, please do not submit any verification forms/documents until after June 10, 2022. At that time, you may complete any remaining requirements via Student Forms.

Verification for 2021-2022

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.

Verification Worksheet

  • 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.

2019 Federal Tax Return Filers

  • If you did file a federal tax return, you (and your parents, if dependent) can use the Data Retrieval Tool (preferred process) which transfers IRS tax return information to the FAFSA. 
  • For those students or parents who do not use the Data Retrieval Tool, copies of the IRS Tax Transcript  for tax year 2019 can be obtained by requested at the and request that the Tax Transcript be mailed to your home, or print the tax transcript from the online option. 
  • For those students and families who have not been able to successfully use the Data Retrieval Tool or obtain a tax return transcript from, they are allowed to submit a complete signed copy of their IRS 1040,1040-A, or 1040-EZ  to complete verification.

2019 Non Tax Filers

  • For parents and independent students and their spouses who do are not required to file a federal tax return, they must obtain an IRS Verification of Non-filing (VNF) document which provides proof that the IRS has no record of a filed Form 1040, 1040-A, or 1040-EZ for the tax year 2019 either online or completing a form by using the 4506T or 4506T EZ.
  • If independent students or families are not able to obtain an IRS Verification of Non-Filing (VFN) document through the IRS, the individual is permitted to submit a signed statement that certifies that the individual:
    • Has attempt to obtain the VNF from the IRS or other tax authorities and was unable to obtain the required documentation; and
    • Has not file and is not required to file a 2018 income return, and a listing of the sources of income earned by the individual and the amount of income from each source; and
    • A copy of IRS Form W-2 , or other equivalent document, for each source of 2019 employee income received by the individual
  • Dependent students who did not file an IRS 1040, 1040-A, or 1040-EZ in 2019 are not required to provide documentation of their tax filing status other than by checking the appropriate box on the Verification Worksheet.

Additional Information

  • 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 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 to review and accept your award in the Financial Aid & Scholarship Self Service Portal.

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. Due to the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships office being currently closed,  a student can provide a photo copied version along with our Citizenship document. 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 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 to you. The most common problem is absence of a required signature.

Special Circumstances

  • The 2021-2022 FAFSA uses the prior year's (2019) income, current household size and assets. When a family's projected income (2020 or 2021) 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.

Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships

1183 - University Center
4901 Evergreen Road
Dearborn, MI 48128
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