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2018 FAFSA Application Open to Students

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Students are now able to file their Free Application for Financial Aid (FAFSA) for the upcoming 2018-2019 school year. Previously, this was opened January 1 of each year, but new regulations now open the application on October 1.

For those unaware, FAFSA is legal documentation a college or university student must file with the U.S. government to be considered eligible for financial aid. This form can be filled out on the government website, fafsa.ed.gov. Both students and parents will need to fill out this document.

If filling it out for the first time, students and parents will be prompted to create a username and password with separate accounts. It is recommended that this information is written down, as the same username and login will be used to file the FAFSA for the following years.

To fully complete the application, students will need a driver’s license, their social security number, parents’ tax returns, as well as their own, and a list of schools that they would like the information to be sent to, as well as a few other pieces of information.

The application process can be time consuming, so it is recommended that students make time to sit down and complete it. Upon completion, it can take several weeks or even a few months for students’ eligibility to be awarded. Applicants will be notified via email or mail.

Once students receive their funding options, they will need to accept them so that they can be payed out to the school or university. UM-Flint students can do this by logging into SIS and going to the “financial aid” tab, then clicking “financial aid status.” However, students do not need to accept all of the offered loans.

Students should contact the office of financial aid regarding any questions they have. The office is located on the second floor of the University Pavilion and representatives can be contacted at (810)-762-3300.

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