Returning students must reapply each year for financial aid. Renewal of financial aid awards are contingent upon the renewal requirements listed below and continued availability of funding from all sources.
Important Dates for Returning Students
The 2019-2020 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) will be available starting October 1, 2018.
To receive full consideration for all types of financial aid, the Office of Financial Aid must receive your FAFSA by April 15. Late applications will be accepted, however financial aid is awarded to on-time applicants first and funding cannot be guaranteed to late applications.
Financial Aid Renewal
- You must have completed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
- You must be meeting Satisfactory Academic Progress
- You must demonstrate continued financial need for renewal of need-based aid
- Recipients of merit scholarships must maintain the specific required cumulative GPA for merit scholarship renewal
- All prior term student account balances must be paid in full
Steps to File FASFA
- You (and your parent, if you're a dependent student) will need your Federal Student Aid ID and password that you created last year to file your FAFSA. If you forgot what those are, go to FSAID.ed.gov and click on the tab that says 'Manage My FSA ID' to get you username and/or reset your password.
- Complete and submit the FAFSA on the web. You will have fewer questions to answer for 2018-19 as the renewal FAFSA will contain some of the information you gave on the 2017-18 FAFSA. Updates will be needed only for the information that has changed from the prior year.
- After the FAFSA is submitted, some students are selected for a process called federal verification. To complete this process we review data reported on your FAFSA and confirm its accuracy. During our review we may request additional documentation as required by law. Students who will need to provide additional documents will receive a missing information request via mail or email from the Financial Aid Office letting you know what documents are needed. It’s important that you address the request because a financial aid award offer will not be made until all required material is received.
- You will be notified via email once your financial aid offer is available on Regis Access.
Tip: You can save time when filing your FAFSA by using the built-in IRS Data Retrieval Tool to pull your financial information directly into your FAFSA from your tax return. The IRS Data Retrieval Tool is fast, accurate, secure, and streamlines the FAFSA filing process.
IRS Data Retrieval
Students and parents completing the FAFSA are urged to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (DRT) to instantly transfer your tax information directly into your FAFSA. If you have already filed your FAFSA for the 2018-2019 year, please update it by logging back into your FAFSA and use the Data Retrieval Tool to import your 2016 tax information. Students and parents may use the DRT in lieu of submitting 2016 federal tax transcripts (if requested by the Financial Aid Office).
Students and parents who do not or cannot use the IRS data retrieval process when filing a FAFSA may be required to provide a 2016 IRS tax transcript if selected for verification. A tax transcript can be obtained through the IRS web site at:
- Order it online from the IRS website
- Or by downloading IRS Form 4506-T and mail the form to the IRS
- Or by calling the IRS at 1.800.908.9946
Tax transcripts should not be sent to Regis. Please have this form sent to you directly and then forward to Regis with the student name and ID number written across the top of the page.