Completing the FAFSA

FAFSA Information

FAFSA

The FAFSA on the web application - fafsa.gov

Be sure to include Cedarville's federal school code number (003025) on the FAFSA form.

Instructions for using the online FAFSA IRS Data Retrieval Tool
Students and parents completing the FAFSA are encouraged to use this tool after either the student or parents have officially submitted their IRS tax return.

  • If taxes were submitted online: the tax filer needs to wait 1-2 weeks before their IRS tax data will be available for transfer from the IRS to the online FAFSA
  • If taxes were submitted via the US Postal Service: the tax filer needs to wait 6-8 weeks before their IRS tax data will be available for transfer from the IRS to the online FAFSA

Detailed Instructions for the FAFSA 2015-16
If the "Helps and Hints" assistance in the online FAFSA does not provide the information you need to answer a question(s) on the FAFSA, then you should use this US Department of Education resource. This 88 page PDF document provides helpful information for students and parents of students when completing the online FAFSA. For example: If you are unsure about what to include in your AGI (Adjusted Gross Income) or Assets; who to report as a parent; number in household or college; etc—this excellent resource has expanded instructions for every question asked on the FAFSA.

  • Pages 1-4: Table of Contents
  • Pages 5-7: Introduction
  • Pages 7-17: General Information (FAQs - pgs. 9-15)
  • Pages 18-21: The Application Process
  • Page 22: Application Questions - Overview
  • Pages 22-54: Student Application Questions
  • Pages 54-79: Parent Application Questions
  • Pages 79-81: Independent Student Questions
  • Pages 81-83: College Codes and Housing Plans
  • Pages 83-86: Date, Signatures and PIN #'s (Student/Parent)

NOTE: The 'Detailed Instructions' section follows the Paper FAFSA numbering scheme. If you are completing the FAFSA online, the 'Helps and Hints' for each question asked will contain the Question Number cross-reference which can be used with these detailed instructions.

FAFSA on the Web Worksheet for 2015-16
This worksheet has been designed to provide a preview of the questions that you may be asked when you complete your online FAFSA. You can complete this form and write down additional notes to help you easily complete your FAFSA.

2014 Tax Documents from Cedarville University
The accounting and finance office provides information about tax documents Cedarville students may receive: W-2; 1098-T; and 1099-INT. These documents may be needed when the student completes their IRS Tax Return and/or FAFSA. Student's parents may also need information on these forms when preparing their IRS tax return. Each of the FAQ sections ends with a "Whom do I contact" link should a student have a question about a particular form.

FAFSA Information

FAFSA

The FAFSA on the web application - fafsa.gov

Be sure to include Cedarville's federal school code number (003025) on the FAFSA form.

Completing Your 2015–16 FAFSA—First Time Filers or Renewal Filers

(recorded January 2015)

The FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) is required to access all need-based aid (institutional, federal, state), including access to federal loans. This webinar will help parents and students understand foundational concepts which enable the student applicant to successfully complete the FAFSA. This webinar will address both first-time FAFSA filers and returning filers who need to renew their FAFSA for the new academic year. You will also receive information and tips to help you avoid unnecessary errors and processing delays.

Speaker: Steve Winey, Assistant Director of Financial Aid

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