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With all the free help available, you should never have to pay to have the FAFSA completed for you. The web sites that offer to complete and file the FAFSA for a fee are neither affiliated with nor endorsed by the U.S. Department of Education. Once you collect all your financial records and other information, which you will have to do even if you choose to pay someone to complete the FAFSA for you, filling out the FAFSA is not difficult.
If you have questions about how to complete the FAFSA, call the Federal Student Information Center toll free at 800-433-3243 - the staff are very helpful, there is usually not a long wait and they accept calls every day of the week. You will also find online help at www.fafsa.ed.gov.
If you have been chosen for verification or if there is a discrepancy in your records, you will be required to submit additional form(s) or documents to complete your file. You will be notified by mail which additional documents or form(s) are required. The Financial Assistance Office must have your current address. If you do not receive or respond to correspondence, your financial aid will not be processed.
Some student applications are selected by the federal government for mandatory verification of information reported on the FAFSA. If you are selected for verification, you will be required to provide the Financial Assistance Office with documentation of all sources of income for the previous tax year. This must match the information on your SAR; if not, it must be corrected before your aid eligibility can be determined.
Dependent verification forms:
Independent verification forms:
Always keep copies of the federal tax returns and W-2s that you and your family submit to the Internal Revenue Service. If we request a copy of your tax return or W-2, be sure to provide us with a signed copy and not your originals.
Beginning with the 2012-2013 FAFSA, if you are selected for verification, you will be required to provide tax return information in one of two ways: 1) use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool within FAFSA (preferred method), or 2) submit copies of IRS Tax Return Transcripts with your verification form. The Financial Assistance Office will no longer be able to accept copies of IRS 1040, 1040A or 1040EZ tax returns. Instructions for requesting an IRS Tax Return Transcript are below:
The Financial Assistance Office may need a copy of your Social Security card, birth certificate, copies of INS documents to verify eligible non-citizen status, or verification of Selective Service registration. The Financial Assistance Office will notify you if these or other documents are required to complete your file.
Under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, WNC cannot release student financial aid information to anyone other than you, the student. If you wish your information to be released to someone else, you must request and submit this form.
The Financial Assistance Office begins processing applications in mid-April for students who have met the April 1 priority FAFSA filing deadline. Once all required documents are submitted and your file is complete, eligibility is determined. Applicants should complete their FAFSAs by July 1 in order to receive funding in time to meet fall semester fee deadlines and by December 1 in order to meet spring semester fee deadlines.
An Award Offer Notification will be mailed to you after we have reviewed your file and your academic progress. AWARDS ARE BASED ON THE LEVEL OF ENROLLMENT YOU LISTED ON YOUR FAFSA. The actual amount received will differ if your enrollment status changes. You must maintain a current mailing address with our Admissions and Records Office. Award letters and checks are mailed to the address on file with them.
Federal regulations require that all types of financial aid be coordinated. You must inform the Financial Assistance Office if you receive any aid not listed on your award notification such as scholarships, stipends, vocational rehabilitation, or veterans' benefits. A revision to your financial aid award may be necessary.
If your financial aid exceeds the amound of fees your residual check will be mailed to the address in Web-Reg or direct deposited. Please review "When Will I Recieve My Financial Aid/Scholarship?" for additional information regarding the disbursement process.
The first half of your grant and/or loan awards are mailed to you at the beginning of the semester. Disbursement dates depend on when you are awarded AND will reflect your actual enrollment status at the time of payment. No adjustments are made for added or dropped units after the second week of the term. The amount of aid on your award letter may differ from what you receive if your enrollment changes and/or if you owe student charges.
If you never attend a class or you have a change of enrollment status, your financial aid award must be recalculated. This will result in you owing part or all of that award money back to the college.
If you owe an overpayment, you have 45 days to repay the college in full or it will be reported to the Department of Education. You will not be able to receive further financial aid from any college until the overpayment has been paid.
Residual checks will be mailed by the Business Office, to the address that was given to the Admissions Office. If you sign up for direct deposit, checks will be directly deposited into your bank account. It is your responsibility to report any changes of address to the Admissions Office or changes in your bank account to the Business Office.
Any student charges for the current semester will be deducted from your financial aid and/or scholarship.
If your check is returned to the college, it will not be re-mailed; it will be held at the Business Office and you will need to pick it up. Unclaimed checks will be cancelled after 30 days.
If your check is lost or not received, go to the Business Office and initiate a stop payment. Reissued checks can take up to six weeks.
You are required to present one type of valid photo ID (such as a Nevada driver's license or Nevada Identification Card) each time you inquire about your financial aid.