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Applying for Financial Aid. FAFSA 101. Your Presenter. Carol L. Handlan Higher Education Access Partner PHEAA 717-514-9038 chandlan FAFSA – what is it? F ree A pplication for F ederal S tudent A id.

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Your presenter
Your Presenter

  • Carol L. Handlan

    Higher Education Access Partner



Fafsa what is it f ree a pplication for f ederal s tudent a id
FAFSA – what is it?Free Application for Federal Student Aid

FAFSA is the primary means of filing for financial assistance to attend postsecondary school

A Federal formused to determine:

Expected Family Contribution (EFC), Need andEligibility for:

  • Federal programs (Pell Grants, Work-study, Student Loans)

  • State programs(PA State Grant, State Work-Study and other special programs)

  • School programs(Need-based grants and scholarships)

    Must file a FAFSA to be eligible for these programs each year

    a student attends school

Personal identification number pin
Personal Identification Number (PIN)

  • Sign FAFSA electronically

    • Not required, but

      speeds processing

  • Website:

  • BOTH Student and one Parent sign electronically with PIN

  • Do NOT lose it. Write it down and store in a safe place

  • Do NOT share it with anyone

  • Links for PIN are within the FAFSA form too

Fotw fafsa on the web

Web Address:


(be sure of the extension)

NOT: or

Fotw fafsa on the web1

Why Apply Online?

  • Faster, Easier

  • Detailed Help and Hints

  • Skip Logic

  • Data Integrity Checks

  • IRS Data Retrieval

Fotw login
FOTW - Login


Student Section


Name and ID

Create a password to access your data note your pin is your signature
Create a passwordto access your data(NOTE: your PIN is your signature)

Student demographics

Answer yes to work study even if you re not sure
Answer “yes” to work-studyeven if you’re not sure

Drop down boxes will help you find your s chool
Drop down boxes will help you find your school

Next post secondary school selection add up to 10 schools
NEXT:Post Secondary School SelectionAdd up to 10 schools

Housing selection off campus or dorm
Housing selection:Off Campus or Dorm?

Dependent or independent status questions
Dependent or IndependentStatusquestions

Based on answers status and next steps note most high school students are dependent
Based on answers = Status and next stepsNote:Most high school students are dependent

Purple parent s section

Filed taxes yet will file ok to estimate income tax information
Filed taxes yet?Will file:OK to estimate income tax information

Student tax info too same questions including use of the irs data retrieval tool
Student tax info too….Same questions, includinguse of theIRS Data Retrieval Tool

Data integrity identifies errors before you submit
Data Integrity: Identifies errors before you submit!

Sign with y our pin www pin ed gov student and parent
Sign with your PIN:( and Parent

Parent s pin
Parent’s PIN

Privacy agreements:

Applying for financial aid
Congratulations!You submitted your FAFSA!Parents with Second student? start hereEFC and Estimated Eligibility

If taxes were estimated don t forget to use irs data retrieval tool after filing

(confirmation page continued…

If taxes were estimated, don’t forget to use IRS Data Retrieval Tool after filing.

F afsa o n t he w eb

FAFSA On The Web

IRS Data Retrieval


Irs data retrieval tool
IRS Data Retrieval Tool

  • While completing FOTW, applicant may submit real-time request to IRS for tax data

    • “Already Filed” status

  • IRS will authenticate taxpayer’s identity

  • If match found, IRS sends real-time results to applicant in new window

  • Applicant chooses whether or not to transfer data to FOTW

Irs data retrieval tool1
IRS Data Retrieval Tool

  • 2013-2014 FAFSA on the Web will include logic to determine if the student and/or parent(s) is eligible to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool

  • Students and parents who were eligible to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool but didn’t, will receive an e-mail notification encouraging them to return to FAFSA on the Web and use the tool

  • If estimated income used, can go back once taxes are filed and use IRS Data Retrieval Tool

Drt parent section financial information
DRT:Parent Section, Financial Information

Drt student section financial information
DRT:Student Section,Financial Information

F afsa o n t he w eb1

FAFSA On The Web

PA State Grant Interface

Two apps in one process
Two Apps in One Process

Take advantage of the opportunity to file your

FAFSA and your PA State Grant application

in one online session!

Apply for your pa state grant from the fafsa confirmation page
Apply for your PA State Grant from the FAFSA Confirmation Page

TRANSFERS FOTW data to the State Grant Application

Optional Feature – Start your State Application – Click HERE if you want to apply for Pennsylvania State based financial aid

Online pa state grant application
Online PagePA State Grant Application

Additional questions needed to determine PA State Grant eligibility

  • enrollment status (full time/part time)

  • value of PA 529 College Savings Program

  • program of study for students in vocational programs

  • employment status

    Link off the FAFSA Application CONFIRMATION Page

  • Moves you right to the PA State Grant Application

    Missed the link or it wasn’t available?

    • An email is sent to student/parent from PHEAA with a Link to the form


    • Go to, State Grant Program and Complete the form via Account Access

  • Help screens are available for all questions

  • Pa state grant online form
    PA PageState Grant Online Form


    On line state grant application
    On-Line State Grant Application Page

    Note: AES is a servicing division of PHEAA – you are in the right place!

    Just follow the prompts…

    All done after mailing
    All Done….. PageAfter mailing!

    Print & Mail

    You MUST print, sign and mail in the Grant Confirmation Page

    Check your status
    Check your status Page

    • Students will be able to view their status on Account Access

      • At, about three days after completing the FOTW

    • Establish a personal account at

    • Check emails regularly for any updates

    Fafsa 101

    FAFSA 101 Page

    Final Thoughts

    Fotw summary
    FOTW - Summary Page

    • Get your PIN:

    • File FAFSA for 2013-14 at FAFSA.GOV

      • Use the IRS Data Retrieval tool after filing taxes

    • Do your FAFSA and PA State Grant application at the same time

    • Meet your school’s DEADLINES

      • State Grant Deadline for FAFSA, May 1, 2013

      • School deadlines may be earlier!

    Resources Page





    • PHEAA toll free: 1-800-692-7392

    • Federal Student Aid Info Center – 1-800-433-3243


    • – general financial aid info

    • – information on federal loans

    Contact information
    Contact Information Page

    • Carol L. Handlan

      Higher Education Access Partner