How/When do I apply?
With one application, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), you will be considered for various types of federal and state financial aid including grants, loans and work study. Some scholarships also require you to complete this application in order to assess your family's financial need. The key word here is 'Free', so please be sure to visit www.fafsa.gov and not any other .com sites claiming to file your FAFSA application for you, as they may assess a fee.
How do I apply?
Go to www.fafsa.gov to begin the application process.
In order to electronically submit your FAFSA, you and one of your parents (if applicable) will need to obtain a federal username and create a password. The FAFSA will explain how to create your account. Keep this information secure and do not share with others, as it is not only used for completing the FAFSA, but for federal loan documents as well.
You will be asked information regarding your family size, number of family members in college, as well as asset and income information. Depending upon your age and your response to other questions on the FAFSA, parental information may also be required.
When you get to the Finances area of the FAFSA, you'll notice the U.S. Department of Education offers an IRS Data Retrieval Tool, which will import your tax line information directly from the IRS. Not everyone will qualify for the tool, but you and your parent (if applicable) should use it if eligible. For more information, see our IRS Data Retrieval Tool-FAQ
You must include UW-Green Bay's school code 003899 on the FAFSA application in order for us to view your application and award you aid.
It is recommended that you keep copies of all paperwork used for the FAFSA and monitor your campus e-mail account regularly. This is the preferred method of communication by the Financial Aid Office.
When do I apply?
To be considered for financial aid, you must complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for each academic year.
The application for the subsequent academic year becomes available October 1st (e.g., the 2017-2018 FAFSA became available October 1, 2016). You may apply using estimated tax information, but we recommend completing your Federal income tax forms before applying, as it will be easier and more accurate.
As a general rule, the Financial Aid Office awards financial aid to students on a weekly basis beginning in early February and continuously throughout the academic year. Since some aid programs have limited funding, and to ensure full consideration of all the various aid programs, UW-Green Bay has a preferred filing date of February 1. The preferred filing date is not a deadline. The Financial Aid Office recommends that you complete your FAFSA application and submit all requested documentation by this date. A completed aid application does not, however, guarantee that all aid programs will be offered to you.
Log in to the FAFSA site within a week of submitting your application to ensure that your FAFSA application has been processed by the Department of Education and has no errors or missing items.