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Applying for Assistance

1. Apply for admission to Augustana College

High school seniors and transfer students should apply to Augustana as early as possible. A financial assistance package is prepared (March-April) after a student has been accepted for admission and submitted all required forms to the Office of Financial Assistance.

2. Complete the FAFSA after Jan. 1

Students should apply for financial assistance by filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by Feb.1. Augustana will mail instructions for completing the FAFSA in January to all students who have applied. FAFSA on the Web Worksheets and paper FAFSA applications (which must be mailed to the processor) also may be available in high school guidance offices.

Although it is helpful to have filed federal tax returns before filing the FAFSA, you may estimate income on the FAFSA if your taxes are not completed by Feb. 1. Once 1040s are complete, correct the FAFSA.

Eligible families may use IRS Data Retrieval when completing the FAFSA. This allows FAFSA filers to link to the IRS and transfer tax information to the FAFSA. The Federal Department of Education and Augustana College recommend using this. See details on IRS Data Retrieval and a video tutorial.

For Augustana to receive the results of the FAFSA, families must enter Augustana's Federal School Code of 001633.  

3. File the FAFSA

You may file the FAFSA online (working with the FAFSA on the Web Worksheet).  One FAFSA should be submitted per student.

The preferred filing method is online at Federal Student Aid FAFSA.

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 a FSA ID. Once IDs have been set up, you can file your FAFSA entirely online.

Should you opt to file online 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. Keep the Web Worksheet for your records.

4. Complete the New Student Financial Assistance Information form

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

Additional documents

In some cases, you will be required to submit additional documents. You will receive instructions from the Office of Financial Assistance if necessary.

If an IRS tax transcript is required, you may be asked to submit the following:

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

• 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 you have been accepted for admission to Augustana, the results of your FAFSA and other requested documents have been received, your file will be reviewed. Augustana will prepare a financial assistance package for you that may include scholarships, grants, loans, and/or work-study. Your "Financial Assistance Award Notification" will be mailed to your home address. You may accept the plan in total or in part.

Augustana will begin mailing Award Notifications for prospective first-year and transfer students beginning March 1.

General information

Scholarships, grants, and other need-based assistance are awarded each year. To receive need-based assistance, students must complete the FAFSA and the New Student Financial Assistance Information form every year.

Renewal for all awards requires maintaining satisfactory academic progress and financial need. Need-based awards may be continued, increased, or decreased depending on changes in the families' expected contributions. As a general rule, if a student demonstrates 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.