For many, FAFSA time has come and gone (for those of you procrastinators – better hurry, June is the recommended deadline for filing the 2010-2011 FAFSA).However, if you have already submitted your FAFSA, you might be wondering what to do if you need to make a change that could affect your aid.
If you have suffered an economic hardship, contact your financial aid office for a review. If you can prove during this review that you, or a parent, has suffered a job loss or costly medical setback (bring in documentation), then you may be able to receive increased aid.
If you decide to go to a school that was not listed on your FAFSA: You can add a school to your FAFSA after the fact. First, if you have your pin number from the Department of Education, you can visit www.fafsa.ed.gov and select the option to Add or Delete a School Code. If you can’t find your PIN, you can use your Student Aid Report, and call the Department of Education at 1-800-433-3243. You will need your Social Security number, Data Release Number (listed on your Aid Report) and your transaction number (also listed on the SAR)
If you are changing your dependency status: This can be tricky. The only way to change from a dependent student to an independent student (provided you don’t meet the FAFSA independent student guidelines) is through a dependency override. This can only be accomplished in extreme circumstances, such as abandonment or if neither parent is unable to support you. Contact your financial aid office for more information.
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