Returning Undergraduate Student Application

Returning Students required forms:

  • Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
    Available at
    www.fafsa.ed.gov (Lasell College FAFSA code is 002158)
  • Any verification documents (verification worksheet, tax transcripts, W2 forms etc.) as requested by the office
  • Any additional documentat as requested by the office

 Important Financial Aid Dates for Returning Students 2014-15

 

April 15, 2014

  • Recommended deadline for Massachusetts Residents to mail FAFSA to ensure consideration for MA State Grants. Other states will have other deadlines; refer to FAFSA instructions.

April 29, 2014

  • Application Receipt Deadline for FAFSA.
  • For your application to be considered complete, if you are selected for verification on your FAFSA (Student Aid Report comments will tell you if you are) you will need to complete all required verification steps such as submit verification worksheet, successfully use the Data Retrieval Tool on your FAFSA to pull in income information or submit official tax transcripts to the office etc.

End of May 2014

  • Financial Aid Awards begin being mailed to on-time applicants
  • Parents or students should begin applying for PLUS or alternative loans via pre-approval process

June 2014

  • Applicants notified of missing information/forms still outstanding.
  • PLUS loan or alternative loan applications should be competed.
  • Application data received after June 1st may result in a 5%
  • decrease in Lasell College funding.
July 18, 2014
  • Deadline for all other documentation to be complete (loan applications, and other documents as requested)
  • Application data received after July 1st may result in a 10% overall decrease in Lasell College funding.

Filing the FAFSA:

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) may be completed online at www.fafsa.ed.gov. The form requires from 30 minutes to an hour or so to complete. It will usually require information from both the student and parent (custodial parents only, including step-parents). Students may begin the form, and save what information has been provided, and then go back at a later date to finish it. If the student and parents have not yet done the current years tax returns, the income information may be estimated off of the prior years return.

NOTE: We highly recommend that all students and parents use the Data Retrieval Tool on the FAFSA to pull in their income information directly from the IRS onto the FAFSA. This simplifies the process of verifying your income information should your FAFSA be selected by the federal government for verification. Some people are not eligible to use the DRT, but most are. Please select this option if you have already completed your taxes at the time you are completing the FAFSA. If you will complete your taxes after the FAFSA, you may go back into the FAFSA two weeks after you have submitted your taxes and use the DRT to update your information.

If you do not use the DRT or you are not eligible to, AND your FAFSA is selected for verification, you will need to turn in a Federal Tax Transcript to the Office of Student Financial Planning, along with any other verification documents requested. We can no longer accept signed copies of your tax return except in very limited circumstances.

A PIN will be required to sign the FAFSA for both the student and at least one parent completing the form. Instructions on how to apply for the PIN are available at www.pin.ed.gov or through a link from the FAFSA webpage. The PIN must be received before the FAFSA can be saved and accessed again, so be sure to get that first. The PIN that is assigned the first time is the PIN that will be valid and usable for the entire time a student is in college and will also allow a student access to other information pertaining to financial aid received while in college.

Please note: If the required documentation is received after July 1st your financial aid award may be reduced by 5% in grant funding, and if it is still not received by August 1st it may be reduced by another 5% in grant funding. It is imperative that you provide the required documentation by the deadlines to ensure that you will not risk losing aid.

Internet Resources:

 
  • www.finaid.org- includes interactive calculators, estimators, discussion groups, scholarship search links, and a listing of financial aid resources.
  • www.collegeboard.org - Information available from the College Board on SATs and other standardized tests, college costs, and scholarship information.
  • www.fastweb.com - provides free scholarship search with more than 400,000 scholarship sources.
  • www.heic.org - provides information on the college application process and financial aid from the Massachusetts Higher Education Information Center.
  • www.ed.gov - provides links to information on federal financial aid programs from the Department of Education.
  • www.fafsa.ed.gov - link to the online version of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid.
  • www.pin.ed.gov- use to request a PIN for the first time to apply online for the FAFSA, or to request another copy of the PIN already assigned, or to change the PIN already assigned.
  • www.studentclearinghouse.org - provides real time information regarding loan borrowing history, where and how much a student has borrowed, and through what programs to assist students with debt management.
  • www.doe.mass.edu - link to the Massachusetts Department of Education

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