Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Students Urged to Complete FAFSA Form

Now that all 2013 W-2 forms have been distributed, students planning to or who may attend East Tennessee State University during the upcoming fall 2014 semester should complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as soon as possible.  The priority deadline for fall is April 15, 2014.
“I cannot stress enough to students and parents the importance of applying by the April 15 deadline,” said Margaret Miller, ETSU Director of Financial Aid.  “Students whose applications are submitted by this date easily should have their funds available by the time fees are due, and they likely won’t have to deal with the stress of trying to complete financial aid files at the last minute.”
Though the FAFSA is the first step in applying, Miller said there are additional forms that must be completed before the application is complete.  Up to 40% of applications are selected by the federal processor for verification and those students are often the ones who are late in returning materials.
“Students are selected at random for verification, and that requires them to submit additional documentation,” she added.  “While it is encouraging to see more students applying early, we are concerned that many chosen for verification aren’t getting those forms back to us on time.  And there are some who do not carefully review their Student Aid Report (SAR) and are unaware they have been identified for verification.”  Students should check the “Comments” section of their SAR to see if they are selected for verification.
Students can monitor their financial aid status via the Financial Aid tab on their Goldlink account.
The ETSU Office of Financial Aid staff says it is important that students complete the application in its entirety, and that all information supplied is accurate.  Errors or incomplete forms will delay processing.

The FAFSA and other important forms, including verification documents, are available at www.etsu.edu/finaid.

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