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Financial Aid Information and Workshops

Financial Aid Workshops
SCSU - Financial Aid Information

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Below is information that we believe will be helpful as you complete your financial aid application. Feel free to raise your hand or approach a volunteer any time you have a question during the workshop.

Notes for FAFSA Filers
  • You may see a reference to an online “IRS Data Retrieval Tool” or DRT.  To submit your FAFSA today, use your completed 2016 tax return. The DRT will pull your 2016 tax information from the IRS.

  • Take a copy of the FSA ID Worksheet (the green worksheet) to keep track of the IDs and passwords that you will create today. Make sure to keep this document in a safe place. You will need this information again down the road.

  • Your “Save Key” allows you to:
    o   Return to your application or correction at a later date if you need to stop and save your work
    o   Share access to your application or correction if your parent needs to add information and sign your FAFSA
    o   This key expires once your FAFSA has been submitted.

  • If your parents do not have a social security number (SSN):
    o   They should enter all “zeros” for the SSN.
    o   Submit your FAFSA and then print a signature page for your parent to sign and mail in to be processed.  Ask a volunteer for help printing your signature and confirmation pages.
Notes for Minnesota Dream Act Application
  • Your application will need to be completed and submitted in one sitting. Before you begin, verify that you have the following information with you today:

o Social Security number
o Alien registration number, if applicable
o Your 2016 tax information for student and parent(s)
o Information on savings, investments, and business and farm assets for student and parent(s)
o Records of untaxed income (e.g., pre-tax contributions to retirement plan, child support received)

Organizations that Offer Free Tax Prep Servic
To find a list of organizations that provide free tax preparation services, visit the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) website at
Financial Aid Application and Related Links
FAFSA                               Complete and submit your FAFSA.

FSA ID                               Request your FSA ID.

IRS                                    Check the status of your federal tax return or request a Tax Return Transcript.

Federal Student Aid          Find information about all federal student aid programs.
Dream Act Info                  Minnesota Dream Act general information

Dream Act Facts                Learn facts about the Minnesota Dream Act.

Dream Act Application      Complete and submit your Dream Act State Financial Aid Application.

Undocumented Students   Resources for Undocumented Students

Selective Service              Males 18-25 (regardless of citizenship)
                                          Register for or check status of Selective Service requirement.

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