How do I avoid delays with the processing of my FAFSA?
NEW FOR 2012: FAFSA REGULATION CHANGES MEAN A FASTER AND EASIER APPLICATION! STUDENTS AND PARENTS ARE ENCOURAGED TO USE THE IRS DATA RETRIEVAL PROCESS.
- UTILIZE DATA RETRIEVAL - Beginning February 1, 2012, filers will be able to use the new Data Retrieval Process. The Data Retrieval Process allows the applicant to view and transfer IRS tax return data directly from the IRS website into the appropriate fields on the FAFSA. This means the FAFSA application process is faster and easier than ever!
- AFTER FEBRUARY 1 - If you can wait until February 1, submit your FAFSA and tax return at the same time using the Data Retrieval Process. Waiting until the Data Retrieval Process option is available on February 1 is strongly encouraged.
- BEFORE FEBRUARY 1 - If you can't wait until February 1 (due to grant, loan, or scholarship deadlines), submit your FAFSA in January and monitor your myUH account in the event that more documentation is needed because you have been selected for verification.
- PROVIDE CONSISTENT INFORMATION - A computer process scans your FAFSA and tax return to ensure all information matches. Please take great consideration in providing consistent information to avoid being flagged for verification. For example, listing "123 Main St." on your tax return and "123 Main Street" on the FAFSA could cause delays. It is recommended that you have your tax return in front of you as you fill out the FAFSA to ensure consistency.
Created: Dec 20, 2011 - 8:46am Updated: Apr 09, 2012 - 8:55am Author: Web Technologies Article: 2504
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