Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
WHAT IS FAFSA?
To qualify for financial aid, you must complete the FAFSA application every academic year that you are attending school. FAFSA is a federal document that is used to determine financial need for federal and state financial aid. The FAFSA is reviewed by the government’s processing center.
HOW, WHEN, and WHERE DO YOU APPLY FOR FINANCIAL AID?
You must complete the FAFSA application online at http://www.fafsa.ed.gov after January 1 for the upcoming fall semester. Starting in the 2016, the FAFSA for the upcoming academic year will be available in October of the prior year.
Timeline to file FAFSA:
|For Fall 2015/Spring 2016||Application available January 1st 2015|
|For Fall 2016/Spring 2017||Application available January 1st 2016|
|For Fall 2017/Spring 2018||Application available October 1st 2016|
|For Fall 2018/Spring 2019||Application available October 1st 2017|
For early determination of your FAFSA qualification for the upcoming academic year (including grants,loans, and scholarships), you can fill the FAFSA application prior the FAFSA availability through the FAFSA4Caster website at http://www.fafsa4caster.ed.gov.
You and a parent will need to register for a Personal Identification Number (PIN) at www.pin.ed.gov before you begin the FAFSA online. The PIN will be emailed to you after your application is successfully submitted (the process may take up to a day).
Student Financial Aid Awareness
HESC's special FAFSA Assistance Hotline, 1-800-808-1790, offers live help for students and their parents starting January 3 from noon to 5:00 pm to answer any questions about completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
The FAFSA Assistance Hotline continues Tuesdays and Thursdays from noon - 5:00 pm through February 28 to promote Student Financial Aid Awareness.
If you have questions about the FAFSA:
- Call the FAFSA Hotline:1-800-808-1790 Tuesdays and Thursdays from noon- 5:00 pm
- Email anytime at FAFSAhelp@hesc.org
This is your next step after filing the FAFSA:
Purchase College must adhere to all regulations for Federal Financial Aid. These regulations include (but not limited to) the following:
- Purchase College must receive the results from the FAFSA (processed by the Federal processing center).
- Purchase College must receive the Institutional Student Information Record (ISIR) as a valid record (signed by you and all required parties and with a calculated Expected Family Contribution number) received by the last day you are still enrolled for the term you are seeking financial aid (See Sample Schedule above).
- Documents required for the Verification Process of your FAFSA must be received within the time you are enrolled and within adequate time for the Office of Student Financial Services to review and certify your aid (at least two weeks prior to the qualified term’s end).
- Federal loans must also be certified while you are still enrolled for the term that you are seeking financial aid. The decision to borrow a Stafford Loan and a parent's application to borrow the PLUS Loan must be completed while allowing adequate time for Student Financial Services to process any such loans before the last week of attendance.
- The last day that you are enrolled may is based on the following:
|The day that you take a Leave of Absence/Withdrawal for the term that you are seeking financial aid, or|
|The day that you stop attending for the term you are seeking financial aid, or|
|The last day for the term listed in the College’s Academic Calendar, if you are registered and attending for the entire term that you are seeking financial aid.|