January 2016

It's time to fill out your 2016-2017 FAFSA!

Filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the first step required to be eligible for loans, grants, and scholarships. There are sites out there that try to get you to pay, but it is a free application. Go to https://fafsa.ed.gov/ to fill out your application and you’ll be safe! Make sure to complete a 2016-2017 FAFSA and input UF’s school ID = 001535.

Follow these step-by step instructions to submit your FAFSA by March 15, 2016 in order to meet the UF financial aid priority deadline. What’s a priority deadline? It’s the deadline you need to meet if you want to be eligible for UFCD scholarships, grants, or special loans from UF in the 2016-2017 academic year. It can only help you to complete a FAFSA as a dental student and meeting the priority deadline is critical.

Even if you don’t plan to take out any student loans, we strongly advise all dental students to fill out the FAFSA every year, just in case. It’s good to have this in place as a back-up plan.

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FAFSA & Loans

As a graduate/professional student, you are eligible to receive student loans based solely on your information on the FAFSA (DMD students are considered independent for financial aid purposes). Parental information is not required on the FAFSA to receive federal loans. Additionally, you can submit your FAFSA after March 15, 2016 and still be eligible for federal student loans.

FAFSA & Scholarships

You must submit your FAFSA by March 15, 2016 (UF financial aid priority deadline) in order to be eligible for consideration for UFCD scholarships, grants, or special loans from UF. Additionally, you will need to include your parents’ information on the FAFSA and fill out the UFCD financial aid application (more details to come in February newsletter). Because DMD students are considered independent for financial aid purposes, including your parents’ information on the FAFSA WILL NOT hinder your eligibility for loans. If you’ve already submitted your FAFSA without parental information, you can go back and add it now. If you do not  include your parental information on the FAFSA, you will not be eligible for UFCD scholarships.

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Helpful Hints

• Watch a short video about filling out the 2016-2017 FAFSA here.

• It takes 3-5 business days from the time you submit the FAFSA before UF receives it. Additionally, 2016-2017 FAFSAs won’t be imported into the UF system until April 2016.

• Financial Aid award notices (for loans) will be available in late spring/early summer.

• Beginning in February 2016, students who have completed their 2015 IRS tax return may be able to use FAFSA on the web to electronically view their tax information. With just a few simple steps, tax information can be securely transferred into FAFSA on the web through the IRS data retrieval tool. This is very simple, but you will need to file your 2015 taxes before you can link them to your FAFSA. Don’t wait to start on your FAFSA; you can submit your FAFSA today and link your taxes later! (Note: If you file your taxes electronically you’ll need to wait two weeks before linking; if you file taxes by  paper, you’ll have to wait 4-6 weeks before linking.)