Quick Reference Guide about Student Financial Aid
The first step to student financial aid is the FREE APPLICATION FOR FEDERAL STUDENT AID
or FAFSA. YOU MUST FILL OUT THIS APPLICATION EVERY YEAR!
For federal aid, submit your application as early as possible, but no earlier than January 1, 2007. We
recommend you file over the internet at www.fafsa.ed.gov . This is the fastest way to apply for aid. Don’t
forget to include our school code on the application. The school code is 002936.
If you or your parents are filing federal income tax returns, please be encouraged to file taxes ASAP! We
recommend that you complete it before filling out this form. If you or your parents have not filed federal
income tax returns, you can still submit your FAFSA. However, once you and your parents file your tax
returns, you must submit the information from your federal tax returns ASAP! You must correct any
income or tax data that changed on your FAFSA. If you or your parents file late it could possibly prevent
you from getting all the aid that is available like Work-study and receiving an award letter.
After you file your FAFSA, please check on the status of your application. You can do this by coming
into the Office of Financial Aid. If you mail it in you should receive notification in the mail and if you
applied on the web, they will provide you with a PIN number that will allow you to access information
about your application. PLEASE DO NOT LOSE YOUR PIN NUMBER!
Verification: Is a process where the U.S. Department wants to verify what you put on the FAFSA is
accurate. If you are selected you must submit a copy of you or your parent’s federal taxes along with a
verification worksheet. If this is not turned in, it will delay you from receiving financial aid and you may
miss deadlines for grants that are available to you.
DEADLINES: In order to receive grants like Federal Work-study (FWS) or the Supplemental
Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG), the FAFSA, you or your parent’s federal taxes, and verification
must be processed and received by our office by March 1. Please note: this date is subject to change
based on the availability of funds, aid at that time will be based on a first come, first served basis.
Work study: If you don’t work it, you don’t get paid!
D.C. Grants: DC TAG, DC LEAP, and DC CAP. You must apply for these grants every year if you are a
D.C. resident and meet the criteria. Deadline for DC LEAP is June 1.
• Scholarships- You may come to speak with Ms. Francis Harris (Scholarship Coordinator) and
apply on www.fastweb.com or www.uncf.org for scholarships. Must have GPA of at least 3.0 or
higher to compete for scholarships. Internal scholarship application can be found at
• Resident Advisor (RA) positions- Contact Residence Life (interviewing starts in January)
• Move off campus – Budget first. Can you afford it? Don’t live off of Refunds.
• Work summers and save – Nothing wrong with paying cash for your education. Better cash than
• Sign over Federal Workstudy Checks
• Paid internships (Go to Career Planning and Placement)
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