The FAFSA - Free Application for Federal Student Aid
The majority of funds offered by Faulkner University carry a need-based selection criteria and require the completion of the FAFSA.
- Apply for a PIN number at www.pin.ed.gov to electronically sign your FAFSA online.
- Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at www.fafsa.ed.gov.
- You can fill out a paper FAFSA obtained from your high school counselor's offices or the financial aid offices at colleges and universities and mail it. Applying by mail will require a four-week processing time; therefore, we encourage you to apply online for quicker results.
- Save all records and materials used in completing the application because you may need them later to prove that the information you report is correct.
- Print a copy of your FAFSA (or photocopy your application) before you submit it.
After Completing the FAFSA
- After your completed FAFSA application is received and processed, a Student Aid Report (SAR) will be produced. The SAR will detail information from your application.
- If there are no questions or problems with your application, your SAR will report your Expected Family Contribution (EFC), a number which is used to determine your eligibility for need-based student aid.
- Your EFC will appear in the upper right portion of your SAR.
- The schools listed on your application will electronically receive the information provided on your SAR.
- DO NOT SEND THE SAR TO FAULKNER.
Tips for completing the FAFSA
Read the instructions carefully paying special attention to any income questions because most errors occur in this area.
- You must have a completed federal tax return prior to completing the FAFSA.
- Write only in the response areas and answer boxes on the form. Fill in the appropriate bubble for each response.
- Check that your full name, address, Social Security number, and date of birth are correct and legible.
- DO NOT use nicknames.
- If your parent has been divorced or widowed and has remarried, his or her marital status is married.
- Parental questions (including income data) must include step-parent's information.
- Be sure to read the instructions carefully for guidance as to who is eligible for inclusion in family size and number in college.
- Do not respond with a symbol such as N/A to a question that requires a number. It could invalidate your entire application. If the answer is zero, fill in "0."
- Please do not leave boxes or questions blank. Leaving it blank could be interpreted as intentionally not providing a correct answer.
- For the paper FAFSA, mail the original (not a photocopy) by first class mail to the Financial Aid Office. If you have mailed your FAFSA and it's been over four weeks since you submitted your application with no response, you can check on your application through FAFSA on the Web, even if you didn't apply online.
If there are Questions or Problems with your FAFSA application
Incomplete answers or questionable data may require you to submit other types of documentation.
You will receive a "missing document information letter" from our office if additional information is required. It is your responsibility to provide correct and complete information. Responding promptly to all requests for information prevents delays in processing.