Applying for Aid

Reminder – Complete your FAFSA

April 1, 2017 is the 2017-2018 Financial Aid Priority Application Date for Fall 2017

To ensure that your financial aid will be awarded in time to help cover your tuition and fees for the Fall 2017 semester, complete your file before April 1 for the 2017-2018 academic year. Financial aid files completed by the priority date will be awarded financial aid, if eligible, no later than June 30, 2017.

The 2017-2018 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is now available at www.fafsa.ed.gov. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is used to determine your eligibility for grants, loans, Federal Work-Study and for most federal and state programs.

The IRS Data Retrieval Tool is unavailable at this time. We are waiting for further updates from the IRS as far as availability. Please use student/parent information from tax returns to complete the FAFSA.

Use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (IRS DRT) on your FAFSA

Students and parents who have filed their 2015 tax returns with the IRS are asked to use the IRS DRT when completing their 2017-2018 FAFSA online. This is a quick an easy way to transfer information from your federal tax turns directly into your FAFSA. You may be able to use the tool if you filed your taxes electronically at least two weeks or if you filed on paper at least eight weeks before completing your FAFSA.

If you file your FAFSA before your federal tax return information is available, you can go back to your FAFSA and select the IRS Data Retrieval to update your tax information. Just notify our office once the change is confirmed.

Students who are selected for verification but cannot use the IRS DRT will need to submit a copy of your tax return transcript from the IRS. You may request a tax return transcript by:

  • Get Transcript Online Tool at www.irs.gov. Immediate receipt.
  • Phone request from Internal Revenue Service at 1-800-908-9946. Takes 5 – 10 days.
  • IRS2Go Mobile App irs.gov. Takes 5 – 10 days.

Georgia State’s Federal School Code for the FAFSA is 001574.

Start your financial planning now to ensure that you have a successful semester start.