General Questions (Basic Information) for Financial Aid for 2016-17
The new FSA ID, comprised of a user-selected username and password, has replaced the Federal Student Aid PIN as the process by which students, parents, and borrowers authenticate their identity to access their federal student aid information.
- Existing users may link their PIN information to the FSA ID. More information here.
- Student and parents of dependents students can create the FSA ID here.
- How to create an FSA ID
The FSA ID process consists of three main steps:
- Enter your log-in information.
- Provide your e-mail address, a unique username, and password, and verify that you are at least 13 years old.
- Enter your personal information.
- Provide your Social Security number, name, and date of birth.
- Include your mailing address, e-mail address, telephone number, and language preference.
- For security purposes, provide answers to five challenge questions.
- Submit your FSA ID information.
- Agree to the terms and conditions.
- Verify your e-mail address. (Note: By verifying your e-mail address, you can use your e-mail address as your username when logging into certain ED websites. This verification also allows you to retrieve your username or reset your password without answering challenge questions.)
You will need your FSA ID Username and Password to access your 2016–17 FAFSA. If you’ve not set up your FSA ID, you can create the FSA ID here.
- Are U.S. citizen or eligible noncitizen
- Have a valid Social Security Number
- Have a high school diploma or equivalent
- Are not in default on a federal loan or owe money on a federal grant.
- Are registered with the Selective Service, if you are a male (you must register between the ages of 18 and 25)
- Maintain satisfactory academic progress in school
- Go to www.fafsa.gov and click on “Start A New FAFSA.”
- Complete and electronically submit the free application, FAFSA.
- Federal School Code for Columbia College is 041273
- Social Security Number
- Driver’s license (if any)
- Permanent Resident Card (if you are not a U.S citizen), I-94 (if you are Refugee, or Asylum)
- 2015 income tax return & W-2 & Other income records
- Parents’ 2015 income tax return (if you are a dependent student)
- Current bank statements,
- Current stock, bond, and other investment records
The SAR is a needs-analysis document generated by the Federal Processor based on the financial data you supplied. If corrections are necessary, the SAR will indicate as such and will direct you to make correction. If Financial Aid Office requires additional documentation, students should provide their school with necessary documents.
If you didn’t work for last year so you didn’t have income you can select “Not going to File” for your tax filing status.
Enter the amount of any cash support you received from a friend or relative (other than your parents, if you are a dependent student). Cash support includes payments made on your behalf. For instance, if your aunt pays your rent or utility bills, you must report those payments here.
Cost of Attendance (COA) – Expected Family Contribution (EFC) = Financial Need
Here are the questions that determine your dependency status. If you answered No to one or more of the questions you are considered to be a dependent student. If you’re a dependent student, your will report your and your parents’ information. (see Dependency Status Questions on the 2016-17 FAFSA)
- Males currently on active duty in the U.S. armed forces
- Males who are not yet 18 at the time that they complete their FAFSA application
- Males born before 1960
- Citizens of the Palau, the Republic of Marshall Islands, or the Federated States of Micronesia
- Noncitizens who first entered the U.S. after their 26th birthday
- Noncitizens who entered the U.S. as lawful nonimmigrants on a valid visa AND remained in the U.S. on the terms of that visa until after their 26th birthday.
You may be requested to prove the reason that you have not registered with Selective Service. In the cases, please complete and submit Selective Service Verification Form with any required documents to the Office of Financial Aid.
If you are male, over the age of 26 and are not registered with Selective Service, then you must submit a Status Information Letter with all copies of any supporting information to Selective Service System. This letter will either confirm that you were not required to register before the age of 26 or that you were required to register and failed to do so. This letter must include “Reason why you failed to register.” And then, you must submit the confirmation letter from Selective Service System to the Office of Financial Aid.
- Student Financial Aid Services, Inc. users can log in to their My FAFSA account on the secure website to check their application status online at any time.
- Call the Federal Student Aid Information Center at 1.800.433.3243 to learn the status of your FAFSA
- Check the status of your application online through the ED website at www.fafsa.ed.gov
- Contact your school’s financial aid administrators for information
- Provide all documents in V4-Custom & Tax Return Transcript
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- Online Immediate Assess to Your Electronic Tax Transcript
- Available on the IRS website at www.irs.gov
- In the Tools section of the homepage click “Get Transcript of Your Tax Records”
- Click on “Get Transcript ONLINE” on the left & Create a Login by clicking “GET STARTED”
- Complete steps 1-6 to set up an account
- Step 1: Apply for your temporary account confirmation code. Enter your name, email address and Click “Send email confirmation code.”
- Step 2: Enter the temporary account confirmation code that was emailed to you
- Step 3: Enter Personal Information
- Step 4: Answer questions to verify your identity
- Step 5&6: Create a security profile, user ID and password
- Select “Higher Education/Student Aid” as your reason for requesting the Tax Return Transcript
- Select the “2015 Return Transcript”
- When the Tax Return Transcript displays, print a copy or to save the file.
- If the transcript request was unsuccessful, 1print the IRS Web page with message.
- Online Request for Mailed Transcript
- Available on the IRS Web site at www.irs.gov
- In the Tools section of the homepage click “Get Transcript of Your Tax Records”
- Click on “Get Transcript by Mail”
- Enter the tax filer’s SSN, DOB, and Address. Use the address that was listed on the latest tax return filed.
- Click “Continue”
- In the Type of Transcript field, select “Return Transcript” and in the Tax Year field, select “2015”.
- If successfully validated, you can receive a paper IRS Tax Return Transcript within 5 to 10 days.
- If the transcript request was unsuccessful, 2 prints the IRS Web page with message.
- Telephone Request for Mailed Transcript
- Available on the IRS by calling 1-800-908-9946
- Paper Request for mailed Transcript –IRS Form 45066T-EZ
NOTE: It may be difficult to match a parent’s incoming IRS Tax Return Transcript to the student financial aid applicant as the names may be different. When requesting the Transcript to be sent directly to Columbia College, be certain to contact the Financial Aid Office 10-15 days after mailing of fax Form 4506T-EZ to the IRS to verify receipt of the Transcript.
- IRS Form 4506T-EZ should be used. (Download at http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/f4506tez.pdf)
- Complete line 1-4, following the instructions on page 2 of the form.
- Line 3 should be the most current address as filed with the IRS. It is the address where the IRS Tax Return Transcript will be sent. If the address has recently changed, include the address listed on the latest tax return filed on Line 4.
- Line 5 provides tax filers with the option to have their IRS Tax Return Transcript mailed directly to the Financial Aid Office by the IRS. If you would like to take advantage of this option, please use the following mailing address.
Financial Aid Office, Columbia College
8300 Merrifield Avenue
Fairfax, Virginia 22031
- On line 6, enter “2014”
- The tax filers (or spouse if requesting information from a joint tax return) must sign and date the form and enter their telephone number. Only one signature is required to request a transcript for a joint return.
- Mail or fax the completed IRS Form 4506T-EZ to the appropriate address (or FAX number) provided on page 2 of Form 4506T-EZ.
- Tax filers can expect to receive their transcript within 5 to 10 days from the time the IRS receives and processes their signed request.
- NOTE: Processing form 4506T-EZ means verifying/validating the information provided on the form. If any information does not match the IRS records, the IRS will notify the tax filer that it was not able to provide the transcript.
- If the IRS cannot provide tax transcript, submit the following four documents by student.
Document must be submitted to Columbia College
- A signed copy of 2015 tax return
- The printed IRS Web pages with message (1&2)
- The copy of the completed and signed Form 4506T-EZ
- The copy of the IRS response to Form 4506T-EZ with signature and date by student
- Make corrections directly online at www.fafsa.ed.gov by clicking “Make a correction.” An updated SAR will be e-mailed to you—typically within 3 days.
- To add a college to your FAFSA application or to update a mailing address, you may call the Federal Student Aid Information Center at 1.800.433.3243.