Students begin the SAA financial aid application process by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid; otherwise known as the FAFSA. After your Federal Income Tax returns are completed, the SAA financial aid staff can process your FAFSA electronically at the time of your appointment. The information on your completed FAFSA will determine your eligibility for grants and loans, and provide the information for completing all other necessary financial aid forms.


The Financial Aid process for students beginning Year One in August 2016 needs to be completed for Year One before July 15, 2016. The process needs to be completed for Year Two before May 20, 2017. The Financial Aid office assists Year One and Year Two students with the process. Tuition for the first term is due no later than July 30, 2016 and a late fee will be assessed if payment is received after that date.

your financial aid checklist

Students beginning Year One in August 2016 must bring the following items to their financial aid appointment:

  1. A signed copy of your [and/or your spouse’s] 2015 Federal Income Tax return, all schedules and W2s.
  2. If you are financially dependent, a signed copy of your parents’ 2015 Federal Income Tax return, all schedules and W2s. [This is required in addition to your own Federal Tax Income return.]
  3. If you are an eligible non-citizen, you will need to bring qualifying documents.

Other items you may be required to supply include your Social Security card, marriage certificate, proof of default status for prior student loans, contact references, guardianship documents, proof of untaxed income, and/or driver’s license. If you are selected for verification by the Department of Education after applying for financial aid, you may be required to provide further documentation to the Financial Aid Office.

After you and your parents/spouse have completed all necessary financial aid paperwork, you will be given an itemized financial aid worksheet showing the total financial aid for which you are eligible, and a listing of the types of aid you will be receiving for the current school year. If you do not have a copy of your 2015 Federal Income Tax return, you can request form #4506 from the IRS website, www.irs.gov, or by calling 800-829-3676 or 800-829-1040. Forms can also be obtained from the SAA Financial Aid Office.