The FAFSA is used to determine your eligibility for Federal financial aid.
The FAFSA is the universal application that all schools request to apply for financial aid. The FAFSA allows us to determine how much state and federal grants, loans, and work award you can receive. The FAFSA is available after January 1st of each year.
We encourage you to use your best estimates when answering the questions on the FAFSA. Do not miss the deadline because you are waiting to file your Federal Tax Returns. Students who complete a FAFSA without completing the CSS PROFILE will only be considered for federal and state financial aid.
Both you and your parent must have an individual Personal Identification Number (PIN) in order to log-in, sign, and submit your FAFSA. Unsigned FAFSA applications will be considered incomplete and may delay the review process.
Avoid Common Errors
- The application should be signed by the student and one parent.
- Double check that essential information is entered correctly (i.e. social security number, date of birth, name as it appears on a social security card).
- Answer all questions asked--most often errors appear when a question is skipped or left blank.
IRS Data Retrieval Tool
The FAFSA enables families to retrieve tax data directly from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to make completing the FAFSA more accurate. We encourage families to file their Federal Tax Returns early in order to take advantage of this process. When you begin your FAFSA you will be prompted to retrieve tax data. Make sure you follow the steps on the FAFSA to import tax data onto your application. You will only be able to use this tool after the IRS has processed your and your parent(s) tax returns.
Selected for Verification?
After your FAFSA has been processed you will receive your Student Aid Report (SAR) via e-mail. Review your SAR for accuracy and check if you were selected for verification. If you were selected for verification by the Department of Education, you will need to submit additional forms to complete your file with our office. We may request an IRS Tax Return Transcript for you (if you filed) and your parent(s), along with a Dependent or Independent Verification Worksheet.
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- Mailing Address:
Financial Aid Office
1600 Campus Road F-35
Los Angeles, CA 90041
Arthur G. Coons
- Phone: (323) 259-2548
- Fax: (323) 341-4961
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org