An e-mail notice about the reapplication procedure for students filing the 2017-2018 Renewal Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) using FAFSA ON THE WEB (FOTW) normally is sent to your current email address by the U.S. Department of Education in January, however, the 2017-2018 FAFSA is available on October 1, 2016.
If you wish to apply for financial assistance for the 2017-2018 academic year, you should start the process by completing the FAFSA on the Web Worksheet. If you are interested in receiving any of the following funds: Federal Pell Grant, Federal SEOG Grant, Ohio and other state grants, Federal Direct Student Loan (Subsidized or Unsubsidized), Student Employment, and/or a Federal Direct Parent's Loan, you must complete this FAFSA application.
As soon as possible after October 1, 2016, and after completing the FAFSA on the Web Worksheet, please go to the website, http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/ to apply for the above-mentioned financial aid programs.
You (and at least one parent if you are dependent) will also need the U.S. Department of Education FSA User ID to complete, submit and make corrections on the WEB. If you do not have a FSA User ID, you and your parents may obtain ID's at http://www.fafsa.ed.gov or https://fsaid.ed.gov/npas/index. If you have forgotten your FSA User ID, you can go to http://www.fafsa.ed.gov and sign in. When prompted for the FSA User ID, click on 'Forgot User ID' or 'Forgot Password'.
If you are applying for financial assistance and did not receive the email notice about the renewal FAFSA process, you may complete an application by going to the website address of http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/ and complete the "FAFSA on the Web."
Please submit the FAFSA before April 1, 2017, using 2015 Income Tax year information, to ensure the University of Northwestern Ohio the ability to provide your assistance for the 2017-2018 academic year. You may wish to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool to minimize errors on your income tax information. Using this process could reduce your additional required follow-up paperwork for the verification process described in the next paragraph. Information on the IRS Retrieval Tool is available at https://youtu.be/eiNkqyCIuro.
If you are selected for verification (approximately 30% of all applicants will be), your award notice will be delayed as additional forms and 2015 Federal Income Tax Return Transcripts are required from the student (and parent for dependent students) for the verification process. Your individual award notice process will not begin if you are selected for verification until the financial aid office receives all requested documentation from you and your parents if you are a dependent student. Students whose families experience an involuntary loss of income in calendar year 2017 as compared to 2015 may wish to contact a Financial Aid Officer for information on how to proceed.
Also, be sure to accurately complete all forms, taking note to request that UNOH receive the results (School Code 004861). Please be sure to electronically sign your FAFSA with your FSA User ID(s) and print a copy of the Confirmation Page for your records when submitting your FAFSA. Processing time for the FAFSA is generally from 4 to 6 weeks. Student notification of assistance (award notices) will occur through the spring and summer months, starting in December of 2016. Your Financial Aid Award Notice email notification will be sent to your UNOH campus-email account.
If you used the Federal Direct Student Loan (Subsidized or Unsubsidized) in 2016-2017, you will not need to sign a new Master Promissory Note for the Federal Direct Student Loan. The amount noted on your award notice this year is what will be processed. If you wish to decline or request a lesser amount, complete a Loan Amendment Form and submit it to the financial aid office or fax it to 419-998-3191. The amount listed on your award should be available for your upcoming year terms of enrollment and will be sent from the Government. Federal Direct Student Loan eligibility for dependent undergraduates is $5500 per academic year for freshman and $6500 per academic year for sophomores. Junior and senior amounts are $7500 per academic year. Independent students may use an additional $4000 during their freshman and sophomore years, and an additional $5000 during their junior and senior year grade levels.
If your parents used the Federal Direct Parent PLUS Loan last year a new application should be completed requesting the amount needed for this upcoming year. If you did not use the Federal PLUS Loan or Private Loans last year and intend to use either the PLUS or Private Loans, you will need to do a new application. Please be sure to apply no sooner than approximately 180 days prior to the first disbursement date of the year to both avoid multiple credit checks and/or applications to your credit history and allow timely processing of these loans for the upcoming term fee payments.
To complete the electronic Master Promissory Notes (eMPN) for either the Federal Direct Student or Parent PLUS loan, please apply online at: https://studentloans.gov
Please let us know if you have any questions about the application process or the financial aid programs. You may contact us at (419) 998-3140 or email us at: email@example.com. We will be available to assist you as you plan for the 2016-2017 academic year.