The Office of Student Financial Planning hopes that you and your family enjoyed the holiday season! Now that 2017 has started, we wanted to remind you to complete the most important step in the Financial Planning process: filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for the 2017-18 academic year. In addition to being your application for Federal Student Aid Programs such as Pell Grants, Work Study, and Stafford Loans, the FAFSA is also your application for Norwich University gift aid programs that may be awarded in addition to your merit scholarship.
- Want to be considered for need-based financial aid? If yes, then you must file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and release your filing results to Norwich University. Our priority filing date for 2017-18 is February 1, 2017. The FAFSA may be filed online via the fafsa.ed.gov website.
- Auto-fill your FAFSA:The 2017-18 FAFSA will be based on your 2015 federal tax information. Because your 2015 tax information should already be on file with the IRS, it is recommended that you load your federal tax information directly from the IRS website when you complete the FAFSA.
Additional FAFSA Filing Tips:
- Be as accurate as possible. Financial Aid awards received based on estimated information are often subject tochange. Changes are most likely to occur if there are significant differences between your initial FAFSA data and corrections that are made after initial filing. Therefore, please be accurate regardless of your filing method.
- Income Verification may be required. Many families will be required to complete what is called “verification”. This is a process in which the Financial Aid Office is required to request certain documents in order to verify that the information supplied on the FAFSA form was correct. If you are selected by the US Department of Education for income verification, we will notify you of the documentation requirements for your FAFSA application, which may include the need to receive a copy of your 2015 IRS Tax Return Transcript. Selected families will also be asked to verity untaxed income amounts and sources.
- Obtaining IRS Tax Transcripts. When required, Tax Transcripts may be requested directly through the Internal Revenue Service website: www.irs.gov website. If you owe a balance to the IRS, you must first pay that balance to receive the tax transcript; and if you file an extension, you will not be able to get a tax transcript until you have filed.
- Provide requested documents promptly. By returning all requested documents to us properly completed and in a timely manner, we will be able to finalize your awards and notify you of any updates as soon as possible. Our goal is to complete all FAFSA verification work prior to June 1, 2017 in support of your need for accurate Fall 2017 billing information. .
The Office of Student Financial Planning is here to assist you. Please do not hesitate to contact us with questions about FAFSA filing at 802.485.3015 or by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Martin C. Daniels
Director of Student Financial Planning