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Applying for Assistance

Complete the FAFSA after January 1

Apply for financial assistance by filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by February 1. Augustana will mail instructions for completing the FAFSA in January.

Although it is helpful to have filed federal tax returns prior to filing the FAFSA, you should estimate your income on the FAFSA if your tax return is not completed by February 1.  Once 1040's are complete, correct your FAFSA data if you completed the FAFSA using estimated information. Eligible families can use the IRS data retrieval process when completing the FAFSA. This is a process that allows FAFSA filers to link to the IRS and transfer tax return information to the FAFSA. The Federal Department of Education and Augustana College recommend using the IRS data retrieval process as it saves time and reduces errors. If your taxes are filed when you complete the FAFSA, you will be prompted to use the IRS data retrieval. If your taxes are not yet completed, you can later upload that information when correcting your FAFSA once your taxes are filed.  Please view the following tutorial on how to use the IRS data retrieval tool. Click here to view the video

For Augustana to receive the results of your FAFSA, you must enter our Federal School Code of 001633. You should also list the codes for any other schools you may be considering.

Filing your FAFSA

You may file your FAFSA via the internet (working off of the FAFSA on the Web Worksheet). One FAFSA should be submitted per student so only select one method of filing.

The preferred filing method is via the internet at the Federal Student Aid FAFSA site. Before you begin the FAFSA on the Web, apply for a Federal Student Aid (FSA) ID in order to electronically sign your FAFSA. One parent (see Section 3 of the Web Worksheet for clarification of "parent") and the student must apply for an FSA ID. Once IDs have been received, you can file your FAFSA entirely online. Should you opt to file on the web but do not have IDs, you will need to print the "Signature Page" from the FAFSA site, sign (both the student and one parent), and mail to the federal processor.

The FAFSA on the Web Worksheet should be used as a "pre-application" worksheet of your data before entering online. The worksheet closely mirrors the sequence of questions associated with FAFSA on the Web. We recommend you keep the Web Worksheet for your records.

2.  Complete the 2015-16 Returning Student Financial Assistance Information Form

The 2015-16 Returning Student Financial Assistance Information Form is required on an annual basis for all students regardless of the type of assistance you pursue. The form will be mailed to students in January with the FAFSA filing instructions.

3.  Additional Documents May be Requested by the Financial Assistance Office

In some cases, you will be required to submit additional documents (i.e. copies of Federal IRS Tax Transcript, unemployment documentation, Dependent Student Verification Form). If you are required to submit such documents, you will receive further communications from the Office of Financial Assistance.

If requested, receipt of these documents will be required before assistance eligibility is determined. If an IRS tax transcript is required, you may be asked to submit the following:

o  Parent's and student's 2014 Federal 1099-R forms. 

o  W-2 forms if the parent and/or student are a non-filer.

Special Circumstances

Families occasionally have unusual expenses/circumstances beyond their control. If there are special circumstances that affect your parent's ability to contribute to your educational expenses, please contact the Financial Assistance Office at 309-794-7207 to speak with your financial assistance counselor to discuss your situation.  Your counselor will determine whether options for additional assistance might be available.  

The FAFSA must be filed for such circumstances to be considered.  Additional forms will be required to address these circumstances in more detail.  Circumstances that may be considered include, but are not limited to:  

  • Decrease in income - 2015 vs. 2014 
  • Medical/Dental Expenses - expenses paid in 2014 
  • Parent in college 
  • Other special circumstances         

Award Notification

After we have received your FAFSA results, and other requested documents, your file will be reviewed and data will be verified.  Augustana will prepare a financial assistance package for you that may include scholarships, grants, loans and/or work-study.  We will notify you via email when your award notification is available on Arches.  You may accept the award package in total or in part.  

We will begin awarding aid to current students after June 1. 

General Information Regarding Applying for Financial Assistance

Scholarships, grants, and other need-based assistance are awarded on an annual basis. To receive need-based assistance, you must complete the FAFSA each year. Renewal for all awards requires maintaining satisfactory academic progress and financial need. To receive need-based assistance, you must complete the FAFSA each year. Need-based awards may be continued, increased, or decreased depending on changes in the families' expected contributions. As a general rule, if you demonstrate comparable financial need from year to year, comparable assistance may be expected.

Non-need-based awards such as academic and talent scholarships will be renewed automatically provided the student has fulfilled the renewal criteria originally outlined in the award notification material.

Please note:  the Returning Student Financial Assistance Information Form is required on an annual basis.