Returning Students - How to Apply for Financial Aid
In order to be eligible to receive financial aid at the University of New Haven for the 2016-2017 academic year all applicants must have applied, been officially accepted and matriculated for admission, and be enrolled in a degree program. All financial aid applicants must be in good academic standing. Previous financial aid recipients must also be making satisfactory academic progress. In order to be considered for most financial aid programs, students must be enrolled on at least a half-time basis. Refer to the university catalog for detailed information.
1. Complete the 2016-2017 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
- The 2016-2017 FAFSA is available beginning January 1, 2016.
- The FAFSA is required of all applicants for financial aid.
- List the UNH school code 001397 on the FAFSA.
- Priority Date: March 1, 2016
- *Use the IRS Data Retrieval Process to complete the income information sections.
*Note: Families may estimate the income information on the FAFSA to meet Priority Dates. Corrections may be made to the FAFSA once it has been processed.
2. Review your Student Aid Report (SAR)
- Your SAR summarizes the information you provided on the FAFSA.
- It indicates if there are any errors or issues you must resolve.
- Will indicate if you are selected for a processed called Verification (see #4).
3. Make Corrections to your 2016-2017 FAFSA
- If you used estimated income information to complete your initial FAFSA, go back to www.fafsa.gov AFTER you file your tax return to make corrections using actual data.
- If you can, use the IRS Data Retrieval Process to correct the estimated income information you entered on your FAFSA.
Those submitting their 2015 federal tax return to the IRS electronically, should wait approximately 2 – 3 weeks after your tax return has been accepted by the IRS, before attempting to use the IRS Data Retrieval process.
Those submitting a 2015 paper tax return to the IRS, should wait approximately 8 – 11 weeks after the IRS has received your tax return, before attempting to use the IRS Data Retrieval process.
4. Students selected for Verification
Delays in receipt of the following information almost always delays in the processing and disbursing of your financial aid. As a result, late fees and holds may be placed on your account so its important that you pay close attention to the information you receive from our office.
- Must provide to the Financial Aid Office additional documentation that will be made available to students on the online financial aid system. Additional Documentation Due: May 1, 2016.
- Students’ families who choose to not use or who are not able to use the IRS Data Retrieval process to complete or correct their FAFSA MUST provide a copy of the student and parent 2015 IRS TAX RETURN TRANSCRIPT, if a 2015 federal tax return was filed with the IRS. A TAX RETURN TRANSCRIPT is available from the IRS (copies of tax returns are NOT acceptable).
- Must submit to the Financial Aid Office a 2016-2017 Verification Worksheet.
Continuing students MUST be registered for the upcoming semester before their eligibility for Financial Aid can be determined. Application materials completed after the deadline dates listed above and/or students registering after the scheduled registration periods in April and November, will be considered on a rolling basis depending upon the availability of funds. Applications must be received, not postmarked, by the deadline dates.
NOTE: Once you have completed your financial aid application and it is reviewed, additional forms and documents may be requested. If you receive financial assistance or scholarships (excluding student loans) from an outside source for the 2016-2017 academic year, you must notify the Financial Aid Office. Financial Aid applications must be completed and loan applications certified prior to the last day of the term for which you are seeking aid.