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Webinar Recording from October 10, 2016

Expert Tips for Completing the FAFSA for 2017-18
Presenter: Steve Winey

Presented 'Live' on Monday, October 10, 2016; now available in the Webinar Archives

This webinar is provided to assist students (and their parents, if parental information is required) in completing their 2017-18 FAFSA successfully. When students complete their FAFSA accurately the first time, they avoid delays in aid processing. The webinar resources will:

  • help students and parents understand foundational concepts (the "Snapshot in Time," the FSA ID, and other important concepts to understand when completing the FAFSA)
  • address both first-time FAFSA filers and returning filers (FAFSA renewal) for the 2017-18 academic year
  • provide information and tips to help you avoid unnecessary errors and processing delays

FAFSA Resources

The Federal Student Aid ID (FSA ID)

Note: The FSA ID replaced the PIN (Personal Identification Number) beginning in May 2015.

The FSA ID is used to sign the FAFSA, and to also access other secure federal aid websites. Student FAFSA filers, as well as one parent of students who must report parental data on their FAFSA, need their own unique FSA ID.

  • Carefully follow the instructions when creating or editing your FSA ID.
  • Each FSA ID must be unique; thus, a different email address must be used when creating a new FSA ID.
  • URGENT 1: This is not a place where you want to have a typing error, especially when entering your Name (as it appears on your Social Security Card), Date of Birth and Social Security Number!
  • URGENT 2: No one should ever create an FSA ID for another person (this is clearly stated in the FSA ID instructions)!
  • Cedarville 'information page' with various links related to the FSA ID
  • Dept. of Education "Home Room" blog - "Why Students and Parents Need to Create Their Own FSA IDs"

Detailed Instructions for the FAFSA 2017-18

When you are unsure of how to answer a question on the FAFSA, there are two sources of additional guidance so that you can answer correctly:

If the "Helps and Hints" assistance is not enough, we recommend you use The Detailed Instructions for Completing the 2017-18 FAFSA resource which provides helpful, detailed instructions for each FAFSA question.

  • Pages 1-6: Table of Contents
  • Pages 6-7: Change in FAFSA Methodology Explanation
  • Pages 7-10: Helpful Background Information on the FAFSA Process and FSA ID
  • Page 10: Help and Hints - Instructions for Each Question
The entire document is full of helpful information; however, the following key sections are emphasized due to the questions fielded on FAFSA each year:
  • Pages 18-25: Student - Financial Questions (Tax Year 2015)
  • Pages 26-29: Student - Assets Questions
  • Pages 28-36: Student - Additional Financial Questions
  • Pages 36-42: Student - Dependency Questions
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  • Pages 42-46: Parental Information - Demographics, etc.
  • Pages 46-54: Parental Information - Financial Questions (Tax Year 2015)
  • Pages 54-57: Parental Information - Assets Questions
  • Pages 58-64: Parental Information - Additional Financial Questions

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.

Pharmacy Program Students - Guidance on Select 2017-18 FAFSA Questions

The Pharmacy Students - FAFSA 2017-18 Guidance PDF is provides specific guidance for select 2017-18 FAFSA questions which are routinely answered incorrectly. This document includes information for both undergraduate and professional level students.

FAFSA on the Web Worksheet for 2017-18

TheFAFSA on the Web Worksheet for 2017-18 is designed to provide a preview of the questions that you may be asked when you complete your online FAFSA. If you wish, you can complete this form and write additional notes to assist you when completing your FAFSA.

Instructions for using the Online FAFSA IRS Data Retrieval Tool

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

Note: This tool is built into the Online FAFSA.

  • 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.
  • Instructions on how to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool within the Online FAFSA

Tax Documents from Cedarville University

The accounting and finance office provides the following Tax Year Documents to students if they meet the criteria to receive the document:

These documents contain important information which may be needed to complete the FAFSA and/or an IRS tax return. Additionally, parents of students may also need information from these forms when preparing their own IRS tax return. 

NOTE: Each Tax Document Section ends with information on which office to contact regarding that particular document.

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