Feb. 15 deadline for FAFSA submissions, updates

WISE – There is an important deadline upcoming in mid-February for any students currently receiving need-based scholarships and/or financial aid, or any students hoping to begin receiving some sort of need-based financial aid.

The priority date is February 15 and, according to an email sent by Director of Financial Aid Rebecca Huffman, students’ FAFSAs must be completed or updated and on file in the UVa-Wise Financial Aid office by then.

According Huffman, it will take three to five business days after the official filing with the government until the Financial Aid Office will receive and have the information on file.

FAFSA was updated in February 2017 to use two years’ previous tax data. For example, according to the U.S. Department of Education, students planning to attend college from July 1 to June 1, 2019 must use tax data from 2016.

If there have been no changes in income, or changes in the ways that income is procured, and a student does not currently receive need-based scholarships or need-based financial aid, they do not need to fill out a FAFSA. They may, however, need to update their information for any non-need-based scholarship in the Financial Aid Office.

Students with questions regarding the type of financial aid and/or scholarships they receive or how their FAFSA impacts them personally can see a financial aid advisor in Crockett Hall.

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