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 https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/fafsa. The FAFSA application opens every year on October 1st for the next year Fall and Spring. 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. You may also complete your FAFSA on the mobile app called myStudentAid by the U.S. Department of Education.
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 https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/fafsa. 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 October and running through the end of July, 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.
- 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.
Do I have to borrow student loans?
No. Students have the right to decline all or borrow less than the maximum student loan amount allowed.
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)