Applying for Aid as a First-Time Undergraduate Student

To apply for need-based financial aid, students and parents of dependent students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

FAFSA Overview

A Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is required for each year in which you are applying. You are strongly encouraged to use the FAFSA IRS data retrieval process, a faster way to provide tax information

The 2019-2020 FAFSA will be available October 1, 2018

Steps to Apply for Financial Aid

  1. Create a Federal Student Aid ID (FSAID) online. If you are a dependent student, one of your parents will also need to create an FSAID.
  2. Complete and submit the FAFSA online. You can use your FSAID to electronically sign your FAFSA on the Web and to make corrections to your application information. We recommend using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (DRT) that is built in to the FAFSA to easily transmit your tax information into your FAFSA (see more information below).
  3. 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.
  4. Check your email. Messages regarding next steps, missing documents and eligibility will be emailed to you.
  5. You will be notified via email once your financial aid offer is available on Regis Access.

To be Eligible to Complete a FAFSA You Must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen or an eligible noncitizen (NOTE: Eligible noncitizens may be asked to provide appropriate documentation.);
  • Have a valid Social Security number;
  • Be registered with Selective Service, if you’re a male (you must register between the ages of 18 and 25);
  • Be enrolled or accepted for enrollment as a regular student in an eligible degree;
  • Be enrolled at least half-time to be eligible for Direct Loan Program funds;
  • Maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress.

IRS Data Retrieval Tool

Students and parents are urged to utilize 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.

Regis reserves the right to revise policies, procedures, fee structures, or information requirements at any time to conform to federal, state, local, or institutional policy.