Take the FAFSA Pledge Now.

"I PROMISE TO COMPLETE THE FREE APPLICATION FOR FEDERAL STUDENT AID BY NOVEMBER 30 TO GET THE MOST MONEY FOR MY COLLEGE EDUCATION."
Go FAFSA.

What is FAFSA?

If you're planning on going to college – any college – including Governors State University, you need to complete and submit your Free Application for Federal Student Aid or FAFSA. Completing your FASFA is as important as completing your college application.

 

Whether you are paying for college on your own or you have family chipping in, submitting your completed FAFSA can impact your ability to pay for college and achieve your goals.

 

Your FASFA determines you and/or your family's eligibility for need-based federal and state financial aid for college, which may include grants, scholarships, work-study, and loans. It is administered by the U.S. Department of Education.

To ensure that the schools you are interested in can create your award package, your application must include the school codes of the colleges and universities you are considering attending.

Find out your school's code.
https://fafsa.gov/fotw1617/help/schoolCode.htm

Governors State University's school code: 009145

 

Why FAFSA?

Federal and state governments use the FAFSA to determine grants, scholarships, work-study, and subsidized and un-subsidized loans. Many colleges, state scholarship agencies, and foundations also use the FAFSA in deciding additional awards an applicant will receive.

 

Important Point - Filing a FAFSA automatically qualifies you for low-interest federal student loans of at least $5,500 a year.

 

Find out more about the FAFSA at the Federal Financial Aid website: https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/ or visit Governors State University's financial aid website where there is lots of useful information - www.govst.edu/finaid. GSU's school code, 009145.

 

 

When should you FAFSA?

AS SOON AS POSSIBLE! Your FAFSA can be submitted any time starting October 1. Get your application in as early as possible, because the distribution of award money in Illinois is on a first-come-first-served basis. The earlier the application, the greater your chance of getting financial assistance.

 

For the 2017- 18 FAFSA, you will be using your 2015 taxes, also known as prior-prior year taxes. This will allow you to fill out the FAFSA earlier than ever.

 

It is highly recommended that you use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (DRT) in order to link your and/or your parents' tax information from the IRS directly to your FAFSA.

Important Point - Apply for your FAFSA in October! An early application can be worth thousands of dollars toward your education.

 

3 EASY REASONS TO GO FAFSA

  • It's Money for College! Last year, many students lost thousands of dollars in free money for college because they did not fill out their FAFSA – Don't lose money you are entitled to. Complete your FAFSA in October – secure your money for your education.

     

  • It's FREE to fill out your FAFSA! Questions on the FAFSA can be answered from information contained in your prior-prior year tax filing. Therefore you should be able to use completed tax information. It is highly recommended that you use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (DRT) in order to link your and/or your parents' tax information from the IRS directly to your FAFSA.

     

  • File EARLY! In Illinois the decision to wait to file a FAFSA could be a costly choice. The MAP Grant is awarded on a first-come-first-served basis. In addition, some university funding is tied to early applications.  The sooner you complete your application to the university and submit the FAFSA, the more money you may have access to for college.

     

Over 23? Under 24?

Your dependency status determines whose information you must report on the FAFSA. Generally speaking, if you are 23 years old or younger, you are considered a dependent student. You will report your and your parents' information on your FAFSA. If you are 24 years old or older, you are generally considered an independent student. You will report your own information (and, if you're married, your spouse's) on your FAFSA.

These are general guidelines. Special considerations in determining reporting status may apply.

Learn more – Go to https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/fafsa/filling-out/dependency

 

 

Parents – Help your college-bound child and help yourself. GO FAFSA!

While the process may seem daunting, many questions on the 2017-18 FAFSA are based on your 2015 tax return as well as your child's financial information. Fill out the FAFSA in October to maximize your child's chances of being awarded all the sources of aid they may qualify to receive.

 

For the 2017-18 FAFSA, you will be using your 2015 taxes; also known as prior-prior year taxes. This will allow you to fill out the FAFSA earlier than ever.

It is highly recommended that you use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (DRT) in order to link your and/or your parents' tax information from the IRS directly to your FAFSA.

 

For more information and tips to complete FAFSA, go to:
http://blog.ed.gov/2016/10/5-financial-aid-tips-for-parents/

http://blog.ed.gov/2016/09/8-steps-filling-fafsa/

www.govst.edu/finaid

GSU's school code, 009145.

 

On your own? Not with FAFSA. GO FAFSA!

Paying for college is not easy. Completing your FAFSA means you might not have to do it alone. Filling out your FAFSA gives you a picture of the financial assistance you qualify for at the college you want to attend.

 

Remember – In Illinois, money is awarded on a first-come-first-served basis. It is important to file your FAFSA in October before all the money runs out!

 

For more information, go to:

https://fafsa.gov/
http://blog.ed.gov/2014/01/6-steps-to-filling-out-the-fafsa/
www.govst.edu/finaid

GSU's school code, 009145.

 

What do you need to apply for FAFSA?

  • Your Social Security Number
  • Your Alien Registration Number (if you are not a U.S. citizen)
  • Your 2015 federal income tax returns, W-2s, and other records of money earned. (Note: You may be able to transfer your federal tax return information into your FAFSA using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool. ( https://fafsa.gov/help/irshlp9.htm )
  • Bank statements and records of investments (if applicable)
  • Records of untaxed income (if applicable)
  • An FSA ID to sign electronically.

 

If you are a dependent student, then you will also need most of the above information for your parent(s).

 

If you are married, then you will need the above information for your spouse.

The FAFSA Financial Aid Process

This online video shows you the ease of applying for FAFSA and your path to paying for your journey towards college!

Learn More in one of our FAFSA Workshops at GSU!

Friday October 21 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. The Cube, D2430B
Friday October 28 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. The Cube D2430B
Friday November 4 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. The Cube D2430B
Friday November 11 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. The Cube D2430B
Friday November 18 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. The Cube D2430B
Friday December 2 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. The Cube D2430B
Friday December 9 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. The Cube D2430B
Friday December 16 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. The Cube D2430B

5 College Tuition Tips

WCIU-TV's "You & Me" interviewed Governors State University's Sylvia Ponce De Leon about securing money through FAFSA for college.

FAFSA, Free Application for Federal Student Aid

It only makes sense (That's dollars and cents!) to complete the ONE form that can help you pay for your education –

GO FAFSA!

https://fafsa.gov/

GSU's school code, 009145

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