Completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the first step in applying for federal student aid. Most states and schools also use the results of your FAFSA to determine your eligibility for state and institutional scholarship and grant programs. You must file the FAFSA annually to apply for:
List Wright State on Your FAFSA! Wright State University's Title IV School Code is 003078.
It is not recommended you pay an agency to file the FAFSA for you. The application is free and there are many resources, such as Wright State University, your guidance counselor, and the U.S. Department of Education, available to assist you.
Don't Forget! You must also apply for admission to Wright State University. Only students admitted to Wright State University in a financial aid eligible program of study can receive federal student aid. Likewise, students must meet general eligibility requirements for federal student aid, such as Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) requirements.
FAFSA on the Web
FAFSA on the Web (FOTW) is the U.S. Department of Education's online version of the FAFSA. FOTW is the fastest and easiest way to apply. It will check for errors and inconsistencies while you're filling it out, so those mistakes can be fixed before the application is processed. You can also use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool to complete or correct your tax information. Wright State University strongly encourages you to use FOTW to file your FAFSA.
Some federal aid is limited in funding, so don't put off applying. The FAFSA is available every year on January 1 prior to the start of the academic year. Wright State University has a FAFSA priority deadline. This deadline is for campus-based aid programs, such as the Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant and Federal Work-Study. If you miss Wright State University's FAFSA priority deadline date you can still apply for federal student aid. Three of the largest federal student aid programs, the Federal Pell Grant, Federal Direct Stafford Loans and the Federal Direct Parent PLUS Loan, can still be awarded at Wright State if the FAFSA priority deadline date is not met.
Read the Instructions and Answer YES to All Types of Aid!
Many questions on the FAFSA are straightforward, like your Social Security Number. But many questions are asked specifically for purposes of student financial aid. Common words like "household," "investments," and even "parent" may have special meaning. Read all instructions carefully. The FAFSA will ask the applicant what types of aid he or she may be interested in, such as work and loans. Indicate you are interested in all of them. The will ensure you are considered for all types of aid when schools determine your financial aid awards.
FAFSA IRS Data Retrieval Tool!
The FAFSA will ask for data from your federal income tax return. The easiest way to complete your FAFSA with accurate tax information is by using the FAFSA IRS Data Retrieval Tool when filing your FAFSA online. If you have not filed your tax return, you can still file the FAFSA but you must provide estimated income tax data. Once you have filed your tax return, you can use the FAFSA IRS Data Retrieval Tool to enter your correct tax information! If you or your family has unusual circumstances (such as loss employment or extraordinary expenses), submit your FAFSA with the data requested, then contact Raider Connect for additional information or visit our FAFSA Adjustment page or Cost of Attendance Adjustment page.
Sign Electronically with a Federal Student Aid PIN!
To electronically sign your FAFSA, you must apply for a Federal Student Aid PIN. If you don't provide a working email address your PIN will be mailed to you through the U.S. postal system. Your Federal Student Aid PIN serves as your electronic signature on FOTW and my be useful for other purposes later. If parents must provide information on the FAFSA, then one parent should apply for his or her own PIN as well. If you (or your parent) are unable to a PIN to sign the FAFSA electronically, you will have to provide your signature (or your parent's signature) on a paper called a signature page. FOTW gives instructions on printing, signing, and mailing the signature page.
Keep Copies for Your Records!
As for any application process, it is extremely important to keep copies for your own records. Not only of the application but of the documents used to complete the application, like your tax return. This can make responding to any requests for additional information easier and help avoid any delays in the financial aid process.
Student Aid Report (SAR)
Once you file your FAFSA, the U.S. Department of Education's Central Processing System will process the application and send you a Student Aid Report (SAR). The SAR is not an Award Notice. The Student Aid Report contains a summary of the information you provided on the FAFSA. It also tells you whether or not you are eligible for a Federal Pell Grant. Check all of the information on your SAR carefully and if you need to you can correct your FAFSA. The SAR information will be sent to every school you listed on the FAFSA. Schools use the SAR information to determine your federal student aid eligibility.
After you file your FAFSA, you may need to make additional changes or corrections to the data you entered. Common corrections include:
- Adding a school
- Using the FAFSA IRS Data Retrieval Tool to update tax information
- Manually updating tax information
FAFSA IRS Data Retrieval Tool
The FAFSA IRS Data Retrieval Tool will allow you to transfer your tax record directly from the IRS to the FAFSA. Tax filers who submitted their federal tax return electronically to the IRS should be able to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool within 1-2 weeks after their tax returns were filed. Tax filers who mailed a paper tax return the the IRS should be able to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool within 6-8 weeks after their tax returns were filed.
The IRS Data Retrieval Tool can be used at the time you file your FAFSA or after you have filed your FAFSA as a FAFSA correction.
If you've already filed your FAFSA, go to the FAFSA website at www.fafsa.ed.gov to use FAFSA's IRS Data Retrieval Tool!
- Select "Start Here."
- Login to the FAFSA website using the student’s information.
- Select “Make FAFSA Corrections” for the appropriate aid year.
- Enter the student’s PIN and password.
- Select the “Financial Information” tab from the menu bar at the top of the FAFSA Web page.
- If you would like to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool to transfer parent tax information to the FAFSA, select “Already Completed” for the question which reads: “Have your parents completed their IRS income tax return or another tax return?”
- A series of questions will appear that determine your parent’s eligibility for using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool. If you select “None of the above” you will be presented with the option to enter the parent’s PIN and link to the IRS website. If the parent’s PIN is entered, you will leave the FAFSA website and proceed to the IRS website. Follow the online instructions to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool, transfer parent’s tax information to the FAFSA, and return to the FAFSA website.
- If you would like to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool to transfer student tax information to the FAFSA, proceed to the student financial information section on the FAFSA website. Select “Already Completed” for the question which reads: “Have you (the student) completed your IRS income tax return or another tax return?”
- A series of questions will appear that determine your (the student’s) eligibility for using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool. If you select “None of the above” you will be presented with the option to enter the student’s PIN and link to the IRS website. If the student’s PIN is entered, you will leave the FAFSA website and proceed to the IRS website. Follow the online instructions to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool, transfer student’s tax information to the FAFSA, and return to the FAFSA website.
- After utilizing the IRS Data Retrieval Tool and returning the FAFSA website, select the “Sign & Submit” tab from the menu bar at the top of the FAFSA Web page and, at the bottom of that page, select “Submit My FAFSA Now” to submit your corrections.
- The FAFSA Central Processing System will send your tax information to the schools listed on your FAFSA within 2-3 business days.
Federal Student Aid Contact Info
Federal Student Aid Information Center
Phone: (319) 337-5665
Toll Free: 1-800-4-FED-AID (1-800-433-3243)
If you are hearing impaired and have questions, please contact the TTY line at 1-800-730-8913.