FAFSA stands for Free Application for Federal Student Aid. To fill out your FAFSA or simply learn more about the FAFSA, visit: http://www.fafsa.ed.gov.
FAFSA uses a formula to determine how much financial aid you can receive based on your annual expected family contribution (EFC). After determining your EFC, a financial aid Award Letter is generated and mailed to you. This award letter lists the types and amounts of financial assistance you qualify for. Not everyone who submits a FAFSA will receive financial aid.
When it comes to the FAFSA, most federal, state, and institutional aid is provided on a first come, first served basis. Students are advised to submit a FAFSA as early as possible for consideration for maximum financial assistance (the more financial aid the better, right?).
You will also need to fill out a School Code when completing your FAFSA. This is assigned by the federal government as a unique identifier for each school. The Evangel University FAFSA Code is 002463.
Frequent FAFSA Questions
What is a FAFSA?
The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the form used for the awarding of federal student aid. This is a free application that must be completed by all students in order to receive financial aid. The application can be completed online by visiting www.fafsa.ed.gov
What is the deadline to file my FAFSA?
The priority deadline for Evangel to receive your FAFSA is March 1, 2013.
If I missed the priority deadline, should I still file my FAFSA?
Yes, FAFSA information will still be accepted after this date, but available aid may be limited.
Why do I have to have a PIN?
The personal identification number (PIN) serves as your electronic signature and as your access code on federal web sites.
What is Evangel’s federal school code?
Evangel’s federal school code is 002463.
What if I didn’t list Evangel’s school code on my FAFSA?
Log back onto the FAFSA and add Evangel’s code (002463). Then re-sign and submit the FAFSA. Other options include calling 1-800-433-3243 and having the Information Center send your information to Evangel, or adding Evangel’s code (002463) on Part II of your Student Aid Report (SAR) and sending it back to the processor to make the change.
Can I file my FAFSA as an independent?
According to federal guidelines, an independent student is one of the following:
- at least 24 years old
- married on the date you completed your FAFSA
- a graduate or professional student
- a veteran
- a member of the armed forces
- an orphan or ward of the court
- someone with legal dependents other than a spouse
Can I file my FAFSA if I don’t have my taxes done?
You can use estimated income figures to file your FAFSA. However, it is best to complete your tax return early and transfer that information to your FAFSA to have the most accurate application and avoid corrections later.
Do I have to include my parents’ information on my FAFSA if they don’t claim me on their taxes?
Yes, unless you are considered an independent student as defined by federal guidelines.
If my parents are separated or divorced, which parent fills out the FAFSA?
The parent you lived with most in the last 12 months. If you lived with each parent for an equal number of days, use the parent who provided the most financial support during the last 12 months, or during the most recent calendar year that you were actually supported by a parent. Support includes money, gifts, loans, housing, food, clothes, car, medical and dental care, payment for college costs, etc.
If my parent re-married, do I have to include my stepparent’s information on the FAFSA?
Yes, if your parent is married on the day you completed your FAFSA.
If I’m getting married during the school year, how do I fill out my FAFSA?
You must report your marital status at the time you file your FAFSA.
What can I do if my family’s financial situation has drastically changed since I filled my FAFSA?
You can complete a Special Circumstance form
with the required documentation of circumstances and submit it to Student Financial Services. The form will be evaluated to see if any adjustments in your federal aid can be made based on your individual circumstances. If you are an Independent student, contact your Financial Aid Counselor.