Have a safe and happy holiday.
We’re pleased to announce we’ve redesigned our website at UCanGo2.org! The refreshed look and enhanced navigation are designed to help students and parents quickly find the information they need to plan, prepare and pay for college.
Be sure to check out our scholarship section to find our scholarship of the week and to search for scholarships by deadline or category.
High school students: Are you counting the days until your school year is over? Of course you are! But don’t let your summer bliss distract you from one very important deadline. Students in the 8th, 9th or 10th grade must submit their Oklahoma’s Promise scholarship applications by June 30, 2015.
Sophomores, June 30 is your final deadline. Any application not submitted by this deadline will be removed from the application system, and you could miss out on thousands of dollars in scholarship funds that do not have to be paid back. Don’t make this costly mistake! Submit your application right away.
To learn more about Oklahoma’s Promise and the qualifications for receiving the scholarship, visit OKPromise.org.
If your student needs your information for the FAFSA, you’ll need to create an FSA ID separate from your student’s FSA ID. You can create an FSA ID, consisting of a username and password, at FSAID.ed.gov. As a parent, your FSA ID will allow you to electronically retrieve your tax information and sign your student’s FAFSA. If you have more than one child completing the application, you can use the same FSA ID for all applications.
After you’ve created an FSA ID, you can update your information on your student’s FAFSA by choosing the option to “Enter the student’s information” from the FAFSA login page. We recommend you create an FSA ID before accessing your student’s FAFSA to help avoid additional steps in the login process.
To learn more about the FSA ID process visit studentaid.gov/fsaid.
Federal Student Aid (FSA) has officially done away with the PIN system. The fastest and easiest way to create a new FAFSA, or to access an existing application, is to first create an FSA ID consisting of a username and password. We recommend you take this step first to avoid additional steps later.
To create an FSA ID visit FSAID.ed.gov, OR from FAFSA.gov:
For more information about the switch from PIN to FSA ID, check out our last post.
Beginning May 10, 2015, Federal Student Aid will require both new and existing users to create an FSA ID consisting of a username and password to access the following websites: FAFSA on the Web, The National Student Loan Data System, Federal Direct Consolidation Loans, Federal Student Aid and Agreement to Serve. The FSA ID will be used to replace PINs.
Use the following steps to create an FSA ID:
Step 1: When logging in to one of the websites listed above, click the link to create an FSA ID. Only the owner of the FSA ID should create and use the account. Never share your FSA ID.
Step 2: Create a username and password, and enter your email address.
Step 3: Enter your name, date of birth, Social Security number, contact information, and challenge questions and answers.
Step 4: If you have a Federal Student Aid PIN, you will be able to enter it and link it to your FSA ID. You can still create an FSA ID if you have forgotten or do not have a PIN.
Step 5: Review your information, and read and accept the terms and conditions.
Step 6: Confirm your email address using the secure code, which will be sent to the email address you entered when you created your FSA ID. Once you verify your email address, you can use it instead of your username to log in to the websites.
For more information about this change, please visit https://studentaid.ed.gov/fafsa/filling-out/pin#fsaid-intro.
It’s award letter season! If you submitted your FAFSA and responded to all requests for information from your college of choice, you should soon receive a financial aid award letter. This letter, which may arrive by email or snail mail, shows the different types of financial assistance you’re eligible to receive to help cover your college expenses. If you haven’t received your letter yet, check with your school to find out how they will send it you. Follow these steps when it arrives:
For questions about financial aid, visit the U.S. Department of Education’s website at StudentAid.gov or contact your school’s financial aid office.
After you submit your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), you should expect to receive correspondence from the school you plan to attend. You may receive an award letter listing all of the financial assistance your school can offer you, or you may be asked to provide additional information or documentation before your financial aid can be determined. You may even be selected for a process called verification.
Verification is the method your school uses to confirm the data provided on your FAFSA is accurate. The federal government requires colleges and universities to verify or confirm the information reported by some students and their parent(s) on this form. There are many reasons why a student is chosen for this process. You may be selected at random, your FAFSA application may be incomplete or your FAFSA may contain contradicting information.
If you’re chosen for verification, don’t fret. This is a common procedure, so be sure to address your school’s requests as soon as possible and update and/or correct your FAFSA as needed. Once the process is complete, your financial aid award should be finalized. If you have questions, contact your school’s financial aid office.
We know you’re busy preparing for the end of the year, and applying for financial aid for college can feel a bit like taking a course in a different language—especially with so many programs, terms and acronyms to decipher. We’ve compiled a list of common financial aid terms and definitions below to help you save time when completing your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
To learn more about financial aid terms, check out the glossary through the U.S. Department of Education.