Important Notices

Students may begin completing the 1718 year FAFSA as of October 1, 2016.

ALERT: Student Success Challenge and Scholarship Opportunity:
http://uca.edu/studentsuccess/student-success-challenge/

Please ensure your student has checked their myUCA self service account to ensure they have completed all requirements for timely receipt of financial aid.

If the student has completed a “release” we are happy to discuss their financial aid status with you as well.  The release form is found at: http://uca.edu/financialaid/files/2012/11/Form-Front-Line-Release-of-Information-1617

If the student wants to use excess aid to purchase their books before school begins, please ensure they have completed the Title IV authorization that allows them to do so.  The student may check their myUCA account to see if they have already completed the release.  If not, they may complete it online at that time.

Why Students and Parents Need to Create Their Own FSA IDs

“Each year, more than 18 million people submit a FAFSA, and the U.S. Department of Education provides more than $150 billion dollars in federal student aid. To protect the integrity of this important financial system and the private data of all of the students, parents and borrowers within it, it’s essential that only the FSA ID owner create and use their account,” according to the Department of Education’s HomeRoom blog.

“In order to fill out and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), you now need an FSA ID, made up of a username and password that you create.

Although the FAFSA is considered your application, one of your parents will have to provide some information on the FAFSA and sign it, if you are considered a dependent student. Any parent, who wants to electronically sign the FAFSA, will need his or her own FSA ID.

To avoid problems with your financial aid down the road, you (and your parent, if that applies) should create your own FSA ID. Don’t let anyone-not your teacher, your financial aid counselor, your mom or dad, your best friend, or your second and third cousins-create your FSA ID for you. And you should not create one for your parent or anyone else.

For starters, it’s against the rules. The FSA ID has the same legal status as a written signature, so you should treat it like such. You’re not supposed to let someone else sign your name on a tax form or a job application. Well, the same goes for your FAFSA.”