If you are considering financial aid, here’s some information that will help you prepare for your appointment to discuss your eligibility for grants and loans.
Obtain your Federal Student Aid (FSAID)
Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
To apply for any type of financial aid, including grants or loans, you must have a current FAFSA on file. Completing a FAFSA is a free process and can be done by visiting www.fafsa.ed.gov. Here is a helpful link that will walk you through the process of retrieving your tax information: IRS Data Retrieval Tool. Credited by UCSB.
Once you have completed the FAFSA, you will receive a confirmation of submission page indicating your Expected Family Contribution (EFC), an amount calculated by the Department of Education to represent what you and your family are expected to contribute toward your education (although this number may not match the amount you and your family actually contribute).
Follow up on your FAFSA.
Your application will be processed and you will receive an e-mail with a link to your STUDENT AID REPORT (SAR). If you do not provide an e-mail address, your SAR will be mailed. You should review your SAR for any necessary correction or updates.
Once you’ve completed these steps, you’ll be better prepared for your appointment with the Financial Aid Office. Our staff can then help you decide which type of aid will be best meet your needs.