The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), developed by the U.S. Department of Education, should be completed and submitted between January 1 and mid February. This will assure receipt by the processing center before March 1 for first round consideration for federal and state grants, work-study and loans.
If tax information is not complete, estimates are acceptable when completing the FAFSA. Information can be corrected later by the student or by the Financial Aid and Scholarships Office.
In addition to the FAFSA, graduating West Virginia high school students must also complete the Common Application for consideration of the PROMISE Scholarship. For further information, go to:
The FAFSA is available through any college financial aid office, high school counselors and public libraries. Please have your results sent to Fairmont State in Step 6. Fairmont State University's School Code number is 003812.
Using the Department of Education’s FAFSA ON THE WEB will help to insure the FAFSA is completed with fewer or no errors. There is not cost to complete this application.
In order to electronically sign the FAFSA, you must have set up a FSA ID. If you are a dependent student according to the Department of Education, one of your parents must also set up a FSA ID. If you do not have a FSA ID, you (and your parent) can apply for one now by going to FSA ID.
Once you have submitted the FAFSA, the Department of Education processing center will calculate a figure that represents the expected family contribution (EFC) toward meeting your college expenses. You will receive an e-mail from the processing center when your FAFSA has been processed. Review the data carefully and if corrections are required, please make them accordingly at the FAFSA website or contact the Financial Aid Office for assistance.
To insure the majority of FAFSAs are completed correctly, some applications are selected by the Department of Education for a process called "verification." If selected, the Financial Aid Office is required to collect certain documentation to insure the information provided on the FAFSA is accurate. Students and/or parents can use the IRS DATA RETRIEVAL PROCESS to transfer tax data to the FAFSA which simplifies the completion of the FAFSA and also reduces paperwork to be submitted for verification. To verify the financial amounts submitted, the Financial Aid Office will request certain documentation including an IRS Tax Return Transcript if the IRS DATA Retreival process was not used, a completed verification worksheet, and other items as needed according to the requirements of the Departmen of Education. Make certain to sign and date all documentation, put your student ID or F number on each document and submit to the Financial Aid Office as soon as possible.