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May 2016

FAFSA Available October 1, 2016!

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Will your son or daughter be attending college in the 17-18 academic year?  Two major changes will be coming in completing your FAFSA!  First, the FAFSA availability date is going to be October 1st, 2016.  This is 3 months earlier than in the past!  So instead of doing your FAFSA right after the New Year, you’ll be completing it during football season!

Second, you will be using older tax data than prior years.  For instance, for the 2016-2017 academic year, you may have completed the FAFSA with your 2015 taxes which may have delayed your ability to complete the FAFSA until your taxes were completed.  Now, for the 2017-2018 academic year and forward, you will be completing the FAFSA with the prior-prior year’s taxes.  For example, on October 1, 2016, you’ll complete your FAFSA for the 2017-2018 academic year with your 2015 taxes that are already completed!  No more waiting on your W-2’s, your accountant or having a chance at missing any deadlines! As always we still encourage you to complete your FAFSA as early as possible!

So in order to complete your FAFSA on October 1, 2016, you’ll need your FSAID, your 2015 taxes and your son or daughters 2015 taxes.

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May 2016

Start Prepping for the 2017-2018 FAFSA Now!

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Will your son or daughter be attending college in the 17-18 academic year?  You can start prepping to complete the FAFSA today!  All students and parents are required to have an FSA ID to complete the FAFSA and most student loan documents.  You can start the process in creating your FSA Username and password today!  You will need to visit fsaid.ed.gov.  In order to create, you will need your SSN, full name as it is listed on your Social security card, and your date of birth.  Keep in mind you will create separate IDs for each student and parent. 

Here are some quick tips about your FSA ID

  • In order to retrieve your username and password later as well as confirm your FSA ID, you will need to provide an email address. BUT keep in mind only one FSA ID can be associated to an email, so you can’t use mom’s email for all the FSA IDs in the household!
  • You will use your FSA ID every year, so keep the username and password handy – we encourage students to plug into their phones for easy access in our office throughout the year if they need it.
  • If you had an FASFA PIN in the past, you can actually link your FSA ID to your past PIN during the sign up process! If you don’t remember your PIN, that’s ok! It’ll just take an extra day or two to activate your FSA ID.
  • Completing your FSA ID applications now will help with completion of your FAFSA in October as sometimes your FSA ID takes 3 business days to be verified.

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Feb 2016

2016 Summer Aid Application

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The 2016 Summer Aid Application is now available online on the Financial Aid Webpage under Forms.  Please be sure to complete the application if you are interested in receiving Financial Aid for any summer courses that you are taking here at West Liberty University. Once completed, the financial aid staff will be able to award any available aid that you are eligible for.   

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