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Procedure[edit]

Completing a FAFSA

To apply for the grant, you must first complete a FAFSA or Free Application for Federal Student Aid.

Methods to file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA):

  • Online: faster and easier than using paper - Link
  • By mail: If you need a paper FAFSA, you can download a PDF FAFSA or request a paper FAFSA by calling 1-800-4-FED-AID (1-800-433-3243) or 319-337-5665. If you are hearing impaired, contact the TTY line at 1-800-730-8913.
  • You may also ask the financial aid office at your college or career school if you can file it there. Some schools will use special software to submit your FAFSA for you.


Completing and submitting a FAFSA isnt the last step; your FAFSA has to be processed, and then you get an Expected Family Contribution (EFC), which your college or career school uses to figure out how much aid you can get.


Checking the status of your application

For applications submit online, you may check the status of your FAFSA immediately after submitting it. For paper FAFSA, you will have to wait about 7 to 10 days before you can check the status of your application after it has been processed. Heres how you may check the status of your application:

  • Option 1: Visit FAFSA.gov and log-in
  • Option 2: Contact the Federal Student Aid Information Center.

If your FAFSA is still being processed, it will be better if you will wait a few days before checking the status again.


Student Aid Report (SAR)

The office of Federal Student Aid at the U.S. Department of Education will send you a Student Aid Report (SAR), which is a summary of the FAFSA data you submitted. You will receive your SAR within three days to three weeks after you submit your FAFSA. Once received, check your SAR to make sure you didnt make a mistake on your FAFSA.

The SAR wont tell you how much financial aid youll get. Instead, if you applied for admission to a college or career school and have been accepted, and you listed that school on your FAFSA, the school will calculate your aid and will send you an electronic or paper aid offer, sometimes called an award letter, telling you how much aid youre eligible for at the school. The timing of the aid offer varies from school to school and could be as early as springtime (awarding for the fall) or as late as immediately before you start school. It depends on when you apply and how the school prefers to schedule awarding of aid.


Applications for verification: You might see a note on your Student Aid Report saying youve been selected for verification; or your school might contact you to inform you that youve been selected. Verification is the process your school uses to confirm that the data reported on your FAFSA is accurate. Your school has the authority to contact you for documentation that supports the information you reported.

If youre selected for verification, does not mean youre being accused of any wrong doing. Some people are selected at random; and some schools verify all students' FAFSAs. All you need to do is provide the documentation your school asks forand be sure to do so by the schools deadline, or you wont be able to get financial aid.



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Required Documents[edit]

  • Completed FAFSA



Office Locations & Contacts[edit]

Federal Student Aid Information Center:

  • information about federal student aid programs
  • help with completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid
  • general information about your current federal student loans


Federal Student Aid Information Center (FSAIC): 1-800-4-FED-AID (1-800-433-3243)
TTY (for the hearing impaired): 1-800-730-8913
Locations without access to 800 numbers: 319-337-5665
Spanish speakers are available (se habla espaol).
Website


Call Center Hours:

  • MondayFriday: 8 a.m.11 p.m. Eastern time (ET)
  • Saturday: 8 a.m.5 p.m. ET
  • Sunday: Noon6 p.m. ET



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Eligibility[edit]

The Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant are for students whose parent or guardian was a member of the U.S. armed forces and died as a result of performing military service in Iraq or Afghanistan after the events of 9/11.

To apply:

  • You must be ineligible for a Federal Pell Grant due only to having less financial need than is required to receive Pell funds
  • You must have been less than 24 years old or enrolled at least part-time at an institution of higher education at the time of the parents or guardians death



Fees[edit]

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Validity[edit]

You have to fill out the FAFSA every year youre in school in order to stay eligible for federal student aid.



Documents to Use[edit]

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) - PDF



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Instructions[edit]

Amount you may get from the grant: The amount that an applicant may be awarded is equal to the amount of a maximum Federal Pell Grant for the award year but cannot exceed your cost of attendance for that award year. For the 201415 award year (July 1, 2014, to June 30, 2015), the maximum Federal Pell Grant award is $5,730.

Due to sequestration, award amounts for any Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant that is first disbursed on or after Oct. 1, 2013, and before Oct. 1, 2014, must be reduced by 7.2 percent from the award amount for which a recipient would otherwise have been entitled. Any Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant that is first disbursed on or after Oct. 1, 2014, and before Oct. 1, 2015, must be reduced by 7.3 percent. For example:

  • For any 201415 Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant first disbursed on or after Oct. 1, 2013, and before Oct. 1, 2014, the maximum award of $5,730 is reduced by 7.2 percent ($412.56), resulting in a maximum award of $5,317.44.
  • For any 201415 Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant first disbursed on or after Oct. 1, 2014, and before Oct. 1, 2015, the maximum award amount of $5,730 is reduced by 7.3 percent ($418.29), resulting in a maximum award of $5,311.71.


Applying for the Federal Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant Program: To apply for the grant, you must first complete a FAFSA or Free Application for Federal Student Aid.



Required Information[edit]

  • Complete name, as it appears on your Social Security card
  • Permanent mailing address
  • Social Security Number
  • Date of Birth
  • Telephone number
  • Your drivers license number and drivers license state (if you have one)
  • Email address
  • Marital Status
  • Gender
  • Some states and colleges offer aid based on the level of schooling your parents completed



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Need for the Document[edit]

An Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant provides money to college or career school students to help pay their education expenses. Following is a procedure on how you can apply for this type of grant.



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External Links[edit]

  • Federal Student Aid - Website:
https://studentaid.ed.gov/types/grants-scholarships/iraq-afghanistan-service
  • Federal Student Grant Programs - PDF:
https://studentaid.ed.gov/sites/default/files/federal-grant-programs.pdf



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