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Federal Financial Aid

Applying for Federal Aid

Applying for federal financial aid begins with filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

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 offer will be generated and mailed to you. This offer 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 are step-by-step instructions to walk you through the process.

EARLY FAFSA FILING – You can file as early as October 1 (For the 2024-2025 award year the FAFSA will open in December of 2023). Students and parents, as appropriate, will be required to report income and tax information from an earlier tax year.

FAFSA Filing Instructions

Frequently Asked Questions

Verification

Frequently Asked Questions

You may be selected for verification by the Department of Education. Verification is a process to confirm information you provided on the FAFSA. The Office of Financial Aid 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/Signed Tax Return: If your FAFSA is selected for verification and you have not used the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (Data Retrieval Tool instructions) to populate the financial information on your FAFSA, you must submit a signed copy of your tax return or request an IRS Tax Transcript and submit it to our office with your other verification documents.

See full list of Verification Forms

Your Financial Aid Offer

Frequently Asked Questions

A financial aid offer provides information on the aid that the student is eligible for in the upcoming academic year. It lists the scholarships, awards, grants and federal loans that the student has been offered. Financial aid offers are issued by financial aid professionals to help students determine how they will cover the costs of attending college. Financial aid offers are mailed out once the FAFSA has been received and processed by the Office of Financial Aid. 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 student portal – Money tab. If the financial aid that was listed on the offer is not enough to bridge the gap between the personal contribution and the cost of attendance, the student can contact their financial aid counselor for information about other financial aid options.