University of Holy Cross

Completing the FAFSA
UHC School Code is 002023


What is the FAFSA?

The FAFSA, short for Free Application for Federal Student Aid, is the form that must be filled out in order to apply for federal financial aid. If you are a US citizen or Permanent Resident applying for financial aid you must fill out this free form EACH YEAR.

My parents are not US Citizens or Permanent Residents, can I still apply for federal aid?
YES. If you, the student are a US citizen or Permanent Resident, you are eligible for federal financial aid whether or not your parents are US citizens or Permanent Residents. (Note: Your parent(s) should enter all zeroes as his/her social security number.)

How do I apply?

The FAFSA should be filled out at www.fafsa.ed.gov. You are able to complete the form after January 1st of the year prior to the Fall semester for which you are applying. (Example: Apply January 1, 2016 to begin classes in August 2016.) You, and at least one parent, should create an FSA ID. Your FSA ID is used as your electronic signature for the FAFSA. Be sure to write down your FSA ID and Password, as you will need it to renew your FAFSA for following years.

Can I see the questions that will be asked prior to filling out the FAFSA?

YES. You can print a FAFSA on the web worksheet from www.fafsa.ed.gov. This form allows you to take time to organize and answer questions prior to sitting down at your computer to complete the FAFSA.

Is there help available if I have questions while filling out the FAFSA?

YES. There are a number of ways that you can receive help completing your FAFSA form.

  • Office of Financial Aid-The UHC Office of Financial Aid has counselors available to assist students with any questions. The Office is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday from 8:30 AM-5:00 PM; Wednesday from 8:30 AM-6:00 PM; and Friday from 8:30 AM-3:00 PM.
  • UHC FAFSA Fridays-Beginning in February and running through the end of April, the Office of Financial Aid dedicates time from 12:00 PM-3:00 PM on Fridays to assist students with filling out the FAFSA. Students can make appointments, or walk-in. You must have all of your necessary information with you.
  • College Goal Sunday-There are numerous dates in January and February where volunteers are available at sites across the country to help you fill out your FAFSA form for free. To find a location nearest you, visit www.collegegoalsunday.com.
  • FAFSA Hotline-The Department of Education can help answer questions by calling 1-800-433-3243. The FAFSA itself also provides explanations and guidelines for each question.

The videos below are provided to assist you with the various aspects of filling out the FAFSA.

How to Create an FSA ID
Video: Creating an FSA ID

How to fill out the FAFSA
Video: How to Fill out the FAFSA

How to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool
Video: How to Use the IRS Data Retreival Tool
(Video provided courtesy of USCB FA)

The FAFSA is CHANGING

Beginning with the 2017-2018 FAFSA, the FAFSA will be available in October instead of January.

Learn about the changes in the videos below:
Early FAFSA

How Prior-Prior Year Helps Students


 
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