2013-2014 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

Fill out your 2013-2014 FAFSA now!

Available at www.fafsa.ed.gov beginning January 1, 2013

Check out FAFSA's YouTube video: How to Fill Out the FAFSA

IRS Data Retrieval Tool - FAFSA is a video that shows how to upload tax information from the IRS website to the FAFSA.

Your official FAFSA must be received AND processed by the Federal Processor no later than March 1, 2013, keep in mind that it can take a few days for your application to be processed and made available to our office. It is best to complete your FAFSA before March 1. Your FAFSA cannot be rejected by the Processor for any reason to be considered official. You may log back into your FAFSA to check your Student Aid Report (SAR) to make sure your application is not rejected. Only students meeting this deadline will be considered for priority financial aid packaging.

If you and/or your parent have not filed your taxes by the priority deadline of March 1, 2013, you and/or your parent may still fill out the FAFSA with estimated tax information, and later use the IRS data retrieval tool once the 2012 IRS Tax Return has been processed. Beginning February 3, 2013 the IRS data retrieval tool will become an option to use on the FAFSA. This tool will allow you to retrieve your IRS tax information from the IRS data system and automatically transfer it to your FAFSA with the appropriate tax information needed. This is the best option to use when relaying tax information, however; according to the IRS, this tool cannot be used until 2-4 weeks after electronically filing a tax return and 6-8 weeks after filing paper tax returns.

Under certain conditions students and parents are not eligible to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool if:

  • Your tax filing status is Married Filing Separately
  • Your tax filing status is Head of Household
  • You filed an amended tax return
  • You filed a foreign tax return
  • The home address on the FAFSA does not match the address on the tax return

After your FAFSA is processed, view and print a copy of your Student Aid Report (SAR). This is a very important document as it will let you know if your FAFSA is complete, if you have been selected for federal verification, and other corrections you may need to make.

FAFSA Verification
Due to federal regulations changing we may be asking for different documentation than what was required in the past. To find out if you are selected for verification and what we are requiring from you please take a look at my.evergreen.edu for documents required. Once Evergreen receives your FAFSA, if we need more documentation, a paper letter will be sent to the student's mailing address with details about documents required. We only send out one paper letter and the rest of our communication with the student will be via their evergreen.edu email account. You will need to supply the Evergreen Financial Aid Office with the necessary documentation for us to determine your eligabilty and offer you a fianancial aid award. Evergreen begins to receive FAFSA applications from the federal processor around early to mid-February. Files are reviewed and packaged in the order they are completed. A delay in providing us the necessary documentation will result in a delay in packaging financial aid and possibly move the student out of the eligible queue for priority packaging.

If we require you to provide a copy of you and/or your parent's 2012 taxes and you have not or cannot use the FAFSA IRS data retrieval tool, you must supply us with an official IRS tax return transcript (not to be confused with an account transcript). Per changes in federal regulations, we can no longer accept copies of your handwritten, printed, or copied 1040, 1040A, or 1040 EZ forms.

You can request an IRS Tax Transcript:

NOTE: FULL ADMISSION TO THE COLLEGE IS REQUIRED IN ORDER FOR YOUR FILE TO BE CONSIDERED COMPLETE. A delay in becoming fully admitted can possibly move the student out of the eligible queue for priority packaging. Students who are provisionally admitted or admitted as a special undergraduate are not considered fully admitted and are not eligible for financial aid.