5 Things To Do After You Have Filled Out Your FAFSA

TIME TO GET THE 2018-2019 FAFSA DONE! FAFSA is always lingering at the back of college students minds, but get rid of the lingering thought by completing your FAFSA today! In 2016 Federal Student Aid released the FAFSA application as early as October 1st – that went so well they did it again for the 2018-2019 academic year! Go to fafsa.gov.ed to get started NOW.

Are you hesitant because you were affected by the IRS Data Retrieval Tool crashing during the 2017-2018 FAFSA application? The online tool Data Retrieval Tool is designed to transfer your tax information from the IRS to the FAFSA record. Well, It’s back this year and Federal Student Aid has made it safer than ever. A letter will now be sent out to the parent and/or student that uses the data retrieval tool to notify the user that their information has been sent to the school(s) specified on the FAFSA application. This effort is to help avoid any problems with identity thieves. Using the data retrieval tool is preferred by our office, so if you still have any hesitations about using it click here to learn more about it.  

Another thing to remember is that at the University of Oregon, the priority deadline for getting the FAFSA submitted is March 1st. Getting your FAFSA in before the deadline will mean that you will be considered for work-study, the Oregon Opportunity Grant, renewal of Pathway Oregon, and other need-based funding – if you are eligible for these types of funding. It is important to get the FAFSA in before March 1st because funding is limited. The financial aid office will NOT be able to add work-study to your financial aid award package if they do not have your FAFSA in before March 1st.

So, now you have your FAFSA done and what is the next move? The financial aid office will start to process the 2018-2019 FAFSA applications as that school year gets closer, but starting as early as January 2018 students might start to see requirements popping up on their duckweb accounts under the eligibility and requirements section in the financial aid menu. Please pay attention to these as they pop-up. Requirements can hold your financial aid award package from being created and will hold your loan money from being disbursed to your student billing account on time in Fall 2018. Contact our office about any questions regarding requirements.


Written by: Karalyn Arnett