Financial Aid Checklist
If you plan to use financial aid for the 2014-2015 academic year, please make sure that you have completed the following steps to ensure that your registration process is as seamless as possible:
Complete and electronically submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA can be completed on line at www.fafsa.ed.gov. You and or your parents will need financial /federal tax information from 2013. Our priority deadline is March 1st.
Read your Student Aid Report (SAR) carefully. By providing a valid e-mail address on your FAFSA, shortly after completing the application you will receive an e-mail message containing your Student Aid Report (SAR) from the U.S. Department of Education. Please read this information carefully as there may be additional steps that you need to complete in order for your FAFSA and financial aid file to be fully processed. Always check your financial aid status on your BannerWeb account where you can track your processing status from verification to accepting your financial aid award.
Complete Verification. If you are selected for verification: Download the appropriate verification worksheet. Fax the completed worksheet to the Office of Student Financial Aid at 615-329-8774.
Read all application materials and financial aid notifications sent to the e-mail address provided on the FAFSA. Fisk University offers and interest free payment plan option through Tuition Management Systems (TMS). You may also sign up for the payment plan when you arrive at Fisk in the Student Accounts Office. You must be prepared to pay the enrollment deposit as well as the first payment in order to enroll in this service. Please call the Student Accounts Office for any questions regarding TMS at 615-329-8548.
Important Federal Updates
Students are encouraged to retrieve their IRS income data to populate the appropriate FAFSA fields when completing the FAFSA. Per Federal Regulations, beginning in 2011 Federal Income Tax Return (1040-1040A or the 1040EZ) can no longer be used for verification purposes. The best way to verify income is by using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool that is part of FAFSA on the web. Log into www.fafsa.ed.gov, select make FAFSA corrections, and navigate to the financial information section. Follow the instructions to determine if you or your parent is eligible to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool to transfer IRS income tax information into the student’s FAFSA. It takes up to two weeks for IRS income information to be available for the IRS Data Retrieval Tool for electronic IRS tax return filers, and up to eight weeks for paper IRS tax return filers.