FAFSA FAQs

FAFSA

What is an FSA ID?
Am I eligible to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool?
What if I file a tax extension?
How does the FAFSA determine how much aid I can get?
My parents do not support me financially, so why does the FAFSA consider me "dependent"?

 

What is an FSA ID?

  • The FSA ID is a username and password that serves as your electronic signature for the FAFSA. Your ID is also used to access nslds.ed.gov and to perform certain functions on studentloans.gov. The FSA ID replaces the Federal Student Aid PIN. You can create an FSA ID by going to fsaid.ed.gov. If you are a parent of a dependent student, you will also need an FSA ID to electronically sign the FAFSA. 

Am I eligible to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool?

If any of the following apply, you are NOT eligible to use the IRS data retrieval tool:

  • Married, but filed separately or as head of household
  • Filed an amended tax return
  • Filed a foreign or Puerto Rican tax return
  • SSN is invalid, or begins with '666'
  • Marked taxes "not complete" on the FAFSA

If none of these apply to you, we recommend you use the IRS Data Retrieval tool when submitting your FAFSA.

What if I file a tax extension?

You can still be awarded in this case; however, you are required to give BYU a copy of:

  1. ​The application for extension (Form 4868), and
  2. A copy of all W-2s
    • If your employer doesn't issue W-2s, we will accept a signed statement of income

If you wish to have your eligibility updated after taxes are filed we can do that, but it is not mandatory.  

How does the FAFSA determine how much aid I can get?

  • The federal government uses a formula to determine a person’s expected family contribution (EFC). The EFC is used to determine eligibility for Federal Pell Grants and Direct Subsidized Loans. Typically, the lower your EFC, the more aid you qualify to receive.

My parents do not support me financially, so why does the FAFSA consider me "dependent"?

  • Dependency status is based solely on information provided on the FAFSA (questions 46-58). Lack of financial support or not being claimed/being claimed on parents’ taxes does not determine dependency status for federal financial aid purposes.

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