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Completing the FAFSA

Before You Begin the FAFSA

1.      Register for a PIN number

Registration can be completed at www.pin.ed.gov, this PIN serves as your electronic signature on the FAFSA

 2.      Gather all of the required SSN, birthdates, and legal names of you and the guardians that will be included on the FAFSA

 3.      Gather all your financial documents for the last calendar year

If you are filing an estimated FAFSA, use your recently received W-2 forms, forms containing asset information

If you are filing a FAFSA using your tax return ensure you have a copy on hand so you can appropriately answer the questions asked

 4.      Complete the FAFSA on the web worksheet

This form will provide you with a guideline of the questions asked on the online application and will help you gather any additional information that will be required.

Completing the FAFSA

1.      Using the FAFSA on the web worksheet enter all of the information on the FAFSA on the Web Application

Be sure to include Radford's school code so we receive a copy of your FAFSA.  Radford School Code is 003732

 2.      Sign the FAFSA using the PIN you receive

Both student and parent need to sign the FAFSA for it to be complete

 3.      Print or save the confirmation number when you complete your FAFSA

This is the confirmation number you will be asked for if you are unable to retrieve your application at a later date

 4.      Paper FAFSA’s can be requested if you do not want to file online

It can take 4-6 weeks for a paper FAFSA to be processed and sent to the school.  To provide timely information it is highly recommended that the online application be completed.

FAFSA Follow Up

1.       When your FAFSA has been processed you will receive an email notification of your Student Aid Report (SAR).  You should save a copy of this for reference throughout the application process

 2.       You can view the status of your application by logging back into the FAFSA on the web site (link to www.fafsa.ed.gov)

 3.      You can make corrections to your FAFSA by logging back into the FAFSA on the web site (link to www.fafsa.ed.gov)

 4.      Confirm that the RU Financial Aid Office has received a copy of your FAFSA by logging in to the MyRU portal and reviewing your Financial Aid Requirements