More about FAFSA

What you'll need for FAFSA

Documents you will need to complete the FAFSA (www.FAFSA.ed.gov):

  1. Federal Tax Returns - 1040, 1040A, 1040EZ, or Telefile (student, student & parent, or student & spouse) - prior tax year
  2. W-2 forms, prior tax year
  3. Worker's Compensation or Unemployment - statement of earnings
  4. Social Security Benefit Statement (retirement or disability)
  5. Child support amounts (received and paid)
  6. Any other income
  7. Driver's license
  8. Greenville Technical College school code - 003991

Dependent students*

  • First time students
    • Parent & student Federal Student Aid ID (www.fsaid.ed.gov)
    • Parents' and student's previous year tax return
  • Returning students
    • Parents' and student's previous year tax return

Independent students*

  • First time students
    • Student Federal Student Aid ID (from www.fsaid.ed.gov)
    • Student's previous year tax return
      (if married, include spouse's income)
  • Returning students
    • Student's previous year tax return
      (if married, include spouse's income)

* Pay particular attention to the instructions that define "dependent" or "independent" student by FAFSA standards. You must follow these guidelines.

Completing FAFSA

FAFSA is not complete until you see a confirmation page. Print and save for your records.

  • The process is not complete unless you get a confirmation number after clicking "submit FAFSA" button at the end of the process.
  • Please make sure you answer step 6 regarding your housing plans. Leaving this question blank will affect the amount of aid you are eligible to receive.

What happens next?

If you do not receive any information from the Financial Aid office within 10-15 business days contact our office at (864) 250-8000.

  • If you are selected for verification, which is a random process of the Department of Education, you will receive an email from the Financial Aid office listing the documents you are required to submit to this office.
  • This process usually takes 4-6 weeks, and your file WILL NOT be completed until all documents are submitted.

When do I complete FAFSA?

We strongly recommend FAFSA be completed by May 1 in order to have your financial aid file completed by the first day of class for fall semester. You will receive a preliminary award letter once your file is completed, which may be followed by a second award letter if anything changes with your aid. You will receive an OFFICIAL award letter once all of your financial aid is processed.

  • If while doing the FAFSA online, you need to stop before it's completed, you can save it and go back to it. Be sure to remember your password if you do not have your PIN; you will not be able to go back to complete the application without it.

Penalties

If FAFSA is not completed by the payment due date

  • Pay 20% of tuition costs to hold classes. Otherwise classes will be deleted.

If FAFSA is completed but financial aid file is not:

  • Pay $30 "do not purge" fee to hold classes. Otherwise classes will be deleted.

Please make sure you answer step 6 regarding your housing plans. Leaving this question blank will affect the amount of aid you are eligible to receive.

Other questions

I do not live with my parents and they do not claim me on their income tax. Do I have to put their information on the FAFSA form?

Yes. You will have to include parent information, unless you can provide proof of unusual circumstances as defined by the Department of Education. None of these are considered unusual circumstances:

  • Parents refuse to contribute to your education.
  • Parents are unwilling to provide information required to complete the FAFSA, or for verification.
  • Parents do not claim you as a dependent for income tax purposes.
  • You demonstrate total self-sufficiency.

Unusual circumstances do, however, include an abusive family environment or abandonment by parents. In such cases, an override in dependency status may be warranted. Contact the Financial Aid office to see if you are eligible.

The school I attended last year granted me a dependency override - am I approved for this year?

No, an override or override paperwork will not carry over from one year to the next. The Financial Aid office must reaffirm the status each year.

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