File Your FAFSA Early!
The FAFSA is available to all students on October 1 of each year prior to the start of the academic year. Wright State University’s priority filing deadline for the 2020-21 academic year is February 1, 2020. Students are encouraged to file a FAFSA before the deadline to optimize financial aid eligibility. Students may file a FAFSA after the priority deadline has passed, however, aid resources may be limited to federal and state financial aid.
Tip: Apply for an FSA ID before filing your FAFSA. The FSA ID, a username and password, must be used to log in to certain U.S. Department of Education websites (FAFSA.gov, StudentLoans.gov, StudentAid.gov, and NSLDS.ed.gov). Your FSA ID confirms your identity when you access your financial aid information and electronically sign Federal Student Aid documents. If you do not already have an FSA ID, you can create one at https://fsaid.ed.gov/
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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 (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 October 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 Subsidized/Unsubsidized Loans and the Federal Direct Parent PLUS Loan, can still be awarded at Wright State if the FAFSA priority deadline date is not met.
Documents Needed to File the FAFSA
The FAFSA will ask for information about you, your spouse if you are married, and for your parents if you are a dependent student.. The FAFSA asks for income and tax information from two tax years prior. That means on the 2019-2020 FAFSA you should use your 2017 income and tax information and on the 2020-2021 FAFSA you should use your 2018 income and 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 RaiderConnect for additional information or visit our FAFSA Adjustment page or Cost of Attendance Adjustment page.
Depending on your circumstances, you may need the following information or documents to complete the FAFSA.
- Your Social Security Number
- Your parents' Social Security Number if you are a dependent student.
- Your driver's license number if you have one
- Your Alien Registration number if you are not a U.S. citizen
- Federal tax returns and W-2 information for you, your spouse if you are married, and for your parents if you are a dependent student.
- Records of your untaxed income, such as child support received, interest income, and veterans noneducational benefits for you, your spouse if you are married, and for your parents if you are a dependent student.
- Information on cash; savings and checking account balances; investments, including stocks and bonds and real estate but not including the home in which you live; and business and farm assets for you, your spouse if you are married, and for your parents if you are a dependent student. For these asset amounts, you should report the current amounts as of the date you sign the FAFSA rather than the tax year amounts.
For guidance when completing the FAFSA, read the "Help and Hints" located on the right side of any FAFSA entry page.
When filing the FAFSA, you will be asked a series of questions to determine if you are eligible to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool. This is the easiest and preferred way to complete your FAFSA with accurate tax information when filing your FAFSA online. The FAFSA IRS Data Retrieval Tool will allow you to transfer your tax record directly from the IRS to the FAFSA. In order to protect your tax data, the information transferred is encrypted and will not display online. You will get a confirmation message letting you know that the transfer was successful. Each item that is transferred will display the message "Transferred from the IRS" in place of the actual tax figures. The FAFSA should match your tax information on file with the IRS, therefore once transferred you must contact RaiderConnect to inquire about changing any data that was transferred using IRS Data Retrieval Tool. If you use the Data Retrieval Tool and you filed an amended tax return with the IRS, you may be required to submit a signed copy of your amended tax return (1040X).
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.
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. We suggest you indicate that you are interested in all of them. This will ensure you are considered for all types of aid when schools determine your financial aid awards.
Sign Electronically with a FSA ID
To electronically sign your FAFSA, you must apply for a FSA ID. Providing a valid email address is strongly encouraged. Your FSA ID serves as your electronic signature on FOTW and may be useful for other purposes later. If parents must provide information on the FAFSA, then one parent should apply for his or her own FSA ID as well. If you (or your parent) are unable to use an FSA ID 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.
Note: Parents without a social security number are unable to obtain an FSA ID. A signature on paper will be required to sign the FAFSA. For more information, follow the instructions given on FOTW.
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.
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
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.