Tips for Filing Your Financial Aid Application

KEEP THE FOLLOWING TIPS IN MIND WHEN COMPLETING YOUR FAFSA:

  1. We encourage you to file electronically at www.fafsa.ed.gov or FAFSA en Español
  2. If you are a dependent student, you must have at least one parent sign your application. The easiest way to do this is with FSA IDs. You may request one for yourself AND your parent at https://fsaid.ed.gov/.
  3. Our Title IV Code is 003723 and must be listed for Mary Baldwin College to receive the resulting Student Aid Report electronically.
  4. Keep copies of all tax records and worksheets completed.
  5. Carefully review your application for accuracy and completeness.
  6. If you think that your FAFSA information does not reflect  your circumstances accurately, please contact the financial aid office with your questions or concerns.
  7. Unable to provide parent information? Complete and submit the FAFSA, then contact the financial aid office.  If unusual circumstances exist that make it impossible for you to provide information about your parents on your FAFSA, you may request a review of your FAFSA dependency status.  We will review the information you provide to determine if a dependency override is appropriate.
    • Unusual circumstances do not include
      • Parents refuse to contribute to the student’s education.
      • Parents are unwilling to provide information on the FAFSA or for verification.
      • Parents do not claim the student as a dependent for income tax purposes.
      • Student demonstrates total self-sufficiency.
    • Unusual circumstances do include:
      • Abandonment
      • An abusive family environment that threatens the student’s health or safety
      • Student is unable to locate her parents

      You will be asked to provide documentation of your circumstances from a third party such as  a teacher, counselor, medical authority, member of the clergy, prison administrator, government agency or court.  This may be in the form of a signed letter or an official document such as a court order.

    SAVE: Copies of the FAFSA or Renewal Application, all tax forms (including any telefile worksheets) and any worksheets used in completing your application. These may be needed if you are selected for verification.

    Verification is the process by which the information provided on your FAFSA is verified using documents and information that you provide.

    If you are selected for verification by the federal processor or by the school, we will send you a Verification Worksheet to complete and a list of documents to provide.

    If the verification process determines that corrections to your FAFSA information need to be made, your financial aid eligibility may change for some need based financial aid programs.  Corrections will be made to your FAFSA based on the information you provide.  You will receive a new Student Aid Report from the new FAFSA transaction.  If the new FAFSA changes your financial aid eligibility for any type of aid, you will be sent a revised financial aid award letter. Therefore it is important to complete the Verification process as early as possible so you will know your final financial aid figures.  You may be prevented from beginning your classes if your financial aid processes are not final before the beginning of a semester. It is also important to know that if verification is not completed by certain dates established by the federal government you may lose eligibility for your federal need based financial aid.

    QUESTIONS? Again, if you still have questions after carefully reading the instructions and completing what you can, please contact our office for assistance.

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