Steps to Financial Aid
This guide will take you through the steps of how to apply for financial aid and receive an award letter. Call us at 1-800-EVANGEL (382-6435) if you have questions. To begin the financial aid process, start by clicking the “FAFSA” drop-down tab below.
You will need to add 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.
The FAFSA uses a formula to determine how much aid you can receive based on your annual expected family contribution (EFC). After your EFC has been determined, a financial aid Award Letter will be generated and mailed to you. This award letter will list the types and amounts of financial assistance that you have qualified for.
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.
Utilization of the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (DRT) to link your income information to your FAFSA is strongly recommended. The IRS DRT is available through the FAFSA website and saves time and effort in the following ways:
- No need to locate your tax return records;
- No need to worry about making mistakes entering your tax return information on your FAFSA;
- If you use the IRS DRT and do not change any of the retrieved information in your FAFSA, you won’t need to provide tax transcripts to the financial aid office if you’re selected for federal verification
If you need help using the IRS DRT, here is a helpful video tutorial that clearly explains the process. Or, if you would like to print instructions, here are step-by-step instructions to walk you through the process.
EARLY FAFSA FILING – Beginning with the 2017-2018 FAFSA, you can file as early as October 1, 2016, rather than January 1, 2017. The earlier submission date will be a permanent change enabling you to complete and submit a FAFSA as early as October 1 every year. Students and parents, as appropriate, will be required to report income and tax information from an earlier tax year. For example, on the 2017-2018 FAFSA you will report 2015 tax information vs. 2016 tax information.
|Priority Deadline||Start Date|
|November 1, 2016||Spring 2017 Semester|
|December 1, 2016||Fall 2017 Semester|
|April 1, 2017||Summer 2017 Semester|
Note: FAFSAs will be accepted after these dates, but available aid may be limited.
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
Although you can use estimated income figures to file your FAFSA, it is best to complete your tax return and transfer that information to your FAFSA to have the most accurate application and avoid corrections later. We strongly recommend that you utilize the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (DRT).
Please Note: Beginning with the 2017–18 FAFSA, students will report income information from an earlier tax year. For example, on the 2017–18 FAFSA, students (and parents, as appropriate) will report their 2015 income information, rather than their 2016 income information. Therefore the majority of students and/or parents will have filed taxes prior to completing the FAFSA and estimation will not be necessary.
- Visit the FAFSA website and click on “Start A New FAFSA.” You’ll need a FSA ID, a username and password combination that allows you to sign your FAFSA electronically. You can get your FSA ID as you fill out the FAFSA, but you also have the option to get it ahead of time at Create a New FSA ID.
- Once you have your FSA ID, complete the FAFSA and submit it for processing. Use school code 002463 to have your FAFSA sent to Evangel University.
- In both the student and parent income section, choose the option to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (DRT).
- Follow this helpful IRS Data Retrieval Video Tutorial that clearly explains step-by-step.
- Student and parent sign using your FSA ID and submit the FAFSA.
- You will receive notification that your FAFSA has been received and in this notification you will receive your Student Aid Report (SAR). Please review this for accuracy. If necessary, make corrections on your FAFSA and submit the changes. If you need assistance with this, please contact the US Department of Education at 1-800-FED-AID (1-800-433-3243).
Please note: We encourage families to complete the FAFSA online because the online version saves your information from year to year and takes 2-3 days to process. Completing a paper version of the FAFSA can take up to 8 weeks to process. FAFSA policy: According to University policy, students are required to complete a FAFSA each year in order to receive need-based and certain types of institutional aid.
You may be selected for verification by the Department of Education. Verification is a process to confirm information you provided on the FAFSA. The Student Financial Services office will provide you with a list of required documents of proof for both the parents and student. Submit the requested documents promptly to avoid delays in receipt of your financial aid.
- IRS Tax Transcript: If your FAFSA is selected for verification, we can no longer accept signed copies of federal tax returns. You must use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (Data Retrieval Tool instructions) to populate the financial information on your FAFSA or request an IRS Tax Transcript and submit it to our office with your other verification documents.
For a full list of verification forms click here.
Watch this step-by-step video tutorial about the verification process.
* Please Note: Fill out the verification worksheet according to the year of FAFSA you filled out. Paperwork should be faxed to (417) 575-5478 or mailed to:
Student Financial Services
1111 N Glenstone Ave
Springfield, MO 65802
Phone: 417-865-2815 Ext. 7300
An award letter is an offer of financial aid that the student has been awarded for the upcoming academic year. It lists the scholarships, awards, grants and federal loans that the student has been awarded. Award letters are issued by financial aid professionals to organize how students are covering the costs of attending college. Award letters use actual costs based on a full-time class load, and include standard room and board, and university fees. Miscellaneous costs like books and supplies vary, so they are not listed on the award letter. Award letters are mailed out once the FAFSA has been received and processed by the Student Financial Services office. The information is also available to view on the student’s “My Financial Aid” page. To access this page, select “My Financial Aid” from the menu at the left of the screen. If the financial aid that was listed on the award letter is not enough to bridge the gap between their personal contribution and the cost of attendance, the student can contact their financial aid counselor for information about other financial aid options.
Grants are awarded funds that do not have to be repaid. Most grants are awarded based on financial need.
Scholarships are awarded for superior performance in various areas. Find a scholarship at Evangel or search for an external scholarship to find awards that may not need to be repaid.
Loans: Funds awarded that need to be repaid. These include Direct, Perkins, EUSL, PLUS, and private loans.
Federal Work-Study: Opportunity to obtain employment for a specified number of hours on campus or in the community.
Financial Registration is completed through the student portal prior to the start of each fall, spring and summer semester. All students must financially register for each semester they attend. Students are not considered officially enrolled for the semester until their Financial Responsibility Agreement has been signed and a payment, if necessary, has been made. You will receive notification when the Financial Registration portion of the registration check list opens. . The financial registration dates for each term are posted on the student portal. Students who do not complete financial registration during the specified open dates must complete their registration in person and will be charged a $100 late registration fee.
Financial Registration includes:
- Completing a Financial Responsibility Agreement
- Minor students (under 18 years of age) – The Financial Responsibility Agreement must be signed by the student’s parent or legal guardian. Contact the Billing Office for more information.
- Dual enrollment – If a student is enrolled in more than one of the following terms: undergraduate, graduate or professional studies, he/she must manually sign a Financial Responsibility Agreement. Contact the Billing Office for more information.
- Off Campus Study – If a student is participating in OCS, he/she must register in person with a billing advisor. Contact Mary Ann Harris for more information.
- Making any required payment on the semester balance. Payment methods:
- Visa, MasterCard, Discover payments accepted online during specified registration dates only.
- American Express payments accepted by phone or in person.
- Personal checks, money orders and cashiers checks are accepted by mail or in person.
- Cash payments are accepted in person by the cashier.
Student Financial ServicesContact
(417) 865-2815, ext. 7300