The FAFSA

The FAFSA may now be completed after October 1 of the year you plan to begin college.  For students planning to begin college in the fall of 2017, the FAFSA may be completed after October 1, 2016. We highly encourage you to utilize the optional IRS Data Retrieval Tool, which will automatically upload financial information into your FAFSA .

To complete the FAFSA, please visit www.fafsa.ed.gov.  You and a parent will be required to apply for separate FSA-ID’s.  The FSA-ID is your electronic signature for the FAFSA, and you will keep the same FSA-ID number throughout your college career.  The FSA-ID website is https://fsaid.ed.gov/.   Please note that it will take 1-3 days from the time you apply for the FSA-ID until you receive your official FSA-ID.

FAFSA Verification

Between 20% and 35% of FAFSA’s are selected for verification.  Verification is the process by which certain required data reported on the FAFSA is reviewed for accuracy and completeness.  If your FAFSA is chosen for verification you will be required to submit the following documentation:

Dependent Students

·Dependent Student Verification Worksheet 

·A current IRS Tax Return Transcript for your parent(s’) and yourself, if you filed. Tax Return Transcripts can be ordered online at www.irs.gov or by phone at 1-800-908-9946.  If you chose to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool during the completion of your FAFSA, you will not be required to provide the IRS Tax Return Transcript.

Independent Students

·Independent Student Verification Worksheet

·A current IRS Tax Return Transcript for you and if you are married, your spouse. Tax Return transcripts can be ordered online at www.irs.gov or by phone at 1-800-908-9946.  If you chose to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool during the completion of your FAFSA, you will not be required to provide the IRS Tax Return Transcript.

For more information on these grants, please visit www.FederalStudentAid.ed.gov.


The Andrew College FAFSA code is 001545