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FAFSA Completion Events

2021-22 FAFSA Events


The 2021-22 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) opens October 1, 2020.

The 2021-22 Alternative Application for Illinois Financial Aid also opens October 1, 2020.  This application is for students who are otherwise not eligible for federal financial aid, including a transgender student who is disqualified for failure to register for the selective service, or noncitizen student who has not yet obtained lawful permanent residency.

Have questions about applying for financial aid? Not sure how to get started?


Join us at one of our virtual events during the months of October and November.  Financial aid representatives will be available to answer questions about the application process.

Evening FAFSA completion sessions will be offered virtually via Zoom.  A link to access the virtual event will be included in your registration confirmation email.

Evening FAFSA Completion Workshops

FAFSA Completion and Registration Events


Zoom helps businesses and organizations bring their teams together in a frictionless environment to get more done.Thursday, October 29 from 5:30 to 8:00pm | RESERVE YOUR SPOT
Before each event, you will receive an email with access information to the event

  • Financial Aid general questions and FAFSA Application completion assistance
  • Academic Advisors will be available to assist with course registration
     

Zoom helps businesses and organizations bring their teams together in a frictionless environment to get more done.Thursday, November 19 from 5:30 to 8:00pm | RESERVE YOUR SPOT
Before each event, you will receive an email with access information to the event

  • Financial Aid general questions and FAFSA Application completion assistance
  • Academic Advisors will be available to assist with course registration
     

 

  • A FSA ID to sign electronically. (This can be created beforehand at fsaid.ed.gov, or at the time of application). Go to fsaid.ed.gov to create your FSA ID.
     
  • Social Security Number. Be sure it is correct!
     
  • Your Alien Registration Number, if you (the student) are not a U.S. citizen.
     
  • Your 2018 & 2019 federal tax returns, W-2’s, and other records of income.
     
  • Banking statements and records of investments (if applicable)
     
  • Records of untaxed income (if applicable)
     
  • List of colleges you would like to attend
     

If you are a dependent student, you will report yours and your parents’ information. If you are an independent student, you will only report your own information (and, if you are married, your spouse's).

Please visit studentaid.ed.gov for more information. Parents who do not have a Social Security Number must enter 000-00-0000 on the FAFSA.

FSA ID

The FSA ID ― a username and password ― has replaced the Federal Student Aid PIN and must be used to log in to certain U.S. Department of Education websites. Your FSA ID confirms your identity when you access your financial aid information and electronically sign Federal Student Aid documents. If you do not already have an FSA ID, you can create one when logging in to fafsa.gov, the National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS®) at nslds.ed.gov, StudentLoans.gov, StudentAid.gov, and Agreement to Serve (ATS) at studentaid.gov.

Important Tips
 

  • Both the student and at least one parent will need to create an FSA ID.
     
  • Only the owner of the FSA ID should create and use the account. Never share your FSA ID.
     
  • Creating an FSA ID in advance of RVC's FAFSA Completion Night will save you at least 20 minutes on the night of the event. 
     

Step 1: Go to fsaid.ed.gov to begin the process. 

Step 2: Create a username and password, and enter your e-mail address.

Step 3: Enter your name, date of birth, Social Security number, contact information, and challenge questions and answers.

Step 4: If you have a Federal Student Aid PIN, you will be able to enter it and link it to your FSA ID. You can still create an FSA ID if you have forgotten or do not have a PIN.

Step 5: Review your information, and read and accept the terms and conditions.

Step 6: Confirm your e-mail address using the secure code, which will be sent to the e -mail address you entered when you created your FSA ID. Once you verify your e-mail address, you can use it instead of your username to log in to the websites listed above. 

You can use your FSA ID to sign a FAFSA right away. Once the Social Security Administration verifies your information in one to three days, or if you have linked your PIN to your FSA ID, you will be able to use your FSA ID to access the websites listed above. For help, visit StudentAid.gov/fsaid.