FAFSA—Major Financial Aid Changes for 2013–14
It's time to file your 2013–14 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Financial aid offices are no longerpermitted to accept signed copies of federal tax returns for FAFSA verification purposes. Learn about important filing changes by opening the form below.
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The first step in applying for financial aid is to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form.
Major Financial Aid Changes—Delayed Disbursements of Refunds
13FS First day of Summer Classes – May 20, 2013
Bookstore charging period – May 20, 2013 - June 2, 2013
Summer 2013 Grant Credit Date – June 10, 2013
Summer 2013 Loan Credit Date – June 12, 2013
Major Financial Aid Changes—FAFSA & IRS Data Retrieval Process
Beginning with the 2012–13 academic year, financial aid offices were no longer permitted to accept signed copies of federal tax returns from students and parents for FAFSA verification purposes.
IRS DATA RETRIEVAL PROCESS
There’s an easier, faster way to provide tax information for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). When completing the FAFSA you will be prompted to enter your PIN and link to the IRS web site. The retrieval process will display your tax information and allow you to transfer it to your FAFSA.
Our Financial Aid office encourages everyone to utilize the IRS Data Retrieval Process if you and your parent(s) have filed your 2012 tax return(s). Families who do not use the IRS Data Retrieval process may be required to submit an IRS tax transcript directly from the IRS to complete the federal verification process. Our recommendation is for you and your parent(s), if applicable, to file federal income taxes electronically prior to filing the FAFSA. We strongly suggest in participating in the IRS retrieval process. If you file your federal tax return electronically, the data will be available to import into the FAFSA application within approximately 2 weeks of the IRS accepting your return (or your parent(s) if applicable). If you or your parent(s) file taxes by paper, it will take eight weeks before your information will be available for the IRS data retrieval process.
Please note that you may still be required to supply other income information as part of the general verification process.
Documentation of all untaxed income received from January 1–December 31, 2012 (Social Security 1099, ADC/AFDC/TANF, worker's compensation, 401K and 403B plans, untaxed pensions, child support, etc.).
The Community College of Allegheny County Title IV school code:
The FAFSA form is a requirement of the US Department of Education (DOE) and will establish the student’s eligibility for the various types of aid listed in this document. The students can complete the FAFSA online at www.fafsa.ed.gov. The SAR is the form that will list the Expected Family Contribution (EFC) and will allow the CCAC financial aid office to process the student’s file. The FAFSA must be completed each academic year (time period covering July 1–June 30). See PHEAA information below for important deadlines.
CCAC will send the student a letter notifying him or her of documentation that must be submitted to the financial aid office before financial aid is awarded. Failure to provide the documents will postpone the awarding of the student’s financial aid. The student can also view the missing documents and financial aid award online at CCAC Central.
The financial aid process does take time and in some cases awards may not be made before tuition is due. This means the student will need to pay for the courses by the tuition due date and be reimbursed if financial aid is received. To secure a seat in classes, students have the option of taking advantage of the CCAC tuition payment plan.
PELL Grant (Federal Grant)
PHEAA State Grant (Pennsylvania State Grant)
If you are applying for or receiving a grant from the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency PHEAA) please note that at least half of your class schedule must be for classes that are fully offered on a campus/center. In addition, your program of study also needs to have at least half of its courses offered fully on a campus/center. If you are uncertain how this PHEAA policy relates to your class schedule, please contact the director of Financial Aid at the campus of your choice.
Note: students with medical disabilities as defined by the American with Disabilities Act (ADA) of July 1990 (PL 101-336) may request an accommodation to the 50% in-classroom instruction enrollment requirement of the Pennsylvania state grant program. The ADA Accommodation Request Form may be found online.
PHEAA (PA Higher Education Assistance Agency)
Student Loan Process (Detailed directions are available at the Financial Aid office)