The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is used to determine if a student qualifies for federal and state financial aid programs, including:
- PELL Grants
- FSEOG (Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants)
- Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grants
- WV Higher Education Grants
- Direct Subsidized Student Loans
- Direct Unsubsidized Student Loans
- Direct Parent PLUS Loans
- State and federal rehabilitation and retraining programs
Every year students must complete a new FAFSA and submit it to the United States Department of Education for processing.
The FAFSA asks a series of questions to determine if the student is Dependent (requiring parent information) or Independent. While there are limited exceptions, the basic requirements to be Independent for the 2014-15 year are:
- born before January 1, 1991
- is married as of the date of application
- is a graduate or professional student when the award year starts
- is currently serving on active duty for purposes other than training
- is a veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces
- has dependents other than a spouse
- was an orphan, foster child, or ward/dependent of the court at any time since age 13
- is an emancipated minor or in legal guardianship or was when he/she reached the age of majority in his/her state, or
- was determined at any time since July 1, 2013 to be an unaccompanied youth who was homeless or self-supporting and at risk of being homeless
HOW TO CREATE YOUR FSA ID
The FSA ID (Federal Student Aid ID) 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
www.nslds.ed.gov, StudentLoans.gov, and StudentAid.gov.
Step 1 You MUST have a valid e-mail address to complete this process.
Step 2 When logging in to one of the websites listed above, click
the link to create an FSA ID. Important: Only the
owner of the FSA ID should create and use the account. Never share your FSA ID.
Step 3 Create a username and password, and enter your email address.
Step 4 Enter your name, date of birth, Social Security number, contact information, and
challenge questions and answers.
Step 5 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 6 Review your information, and read and accept the terms and conditions.
Step 7 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.
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.
COMPLETING THE FAFSA
You can complete your FAFSA at www.fafsa.ed.gov
. You will need certain financial information available in order to complete the application, which may include:
- Previous year Federal Income Tax return information for the student and/or spouse
- Previous year Federal Income Tax return information for parent(s) of dependent student
- Other income information such as disability, unemployment, Worker’s Compensation and child support
In completing the FAFSA, you may be able use a tool within the application to retrieve tax information directly from the Internal Revenue Service.
The FAFSA will ask you to list a school or schools to receive FAFSA results. Huntington Junior College’s Federal School Code (OPE ID Number) is 009047
Huntington Junior College’s financial aid staff is available to answer questions or assist any student in the completion of the FAFSA.
FINANCIAL AID PENALTIES FOR DRUG VIOLATIONS
A federal or state drug conviction can disqualify a student for FSA funds. Convictions only count against a student if they were for an offense that occurred during a period of enrollment for which the student was receiving federal student aid-they do not count if the offense was not during such a period, unless the student was denied federal benefits for drug trafficking by a federal or state judge. Also, a conviction that was reversed, set aside, or removed from the student’s record does not count, nor does one received when the student was a juvenile, unless tried as an adult.
The chart below illustrates the period of ineligibility for FSA funds, depending on whether the conviction was for sale or possession and whether the student had previous offenses. A conviction for sale of drugs includes convictions for conspiring to sell drugs.
Possession of Illegal Drugs Sale of Illegal Drugs
Offense 1 year from conviction date 2 years from conviction date
Offense 2 years from conviction date Indefinite period of time
3+ Offenses Indefinite period of time
If the student was convicted of both possessing and selling illegal drugs, and the periods of ineligibility are different, the student will be ineligible for the longer period. If a student loses eligibility due to a drug conviction, the college will provide written notice of the loss of eligibility and the methods available to become eligible again.
A student regains eligibility the day after the period of ineligibility ends; or when he or she successfully completes a qualified drug rehabilitation program that includes passing two unannounced drug tests given by such a program. Further drug convictions will make the student ineligible again.
Students denied eligibility for an indefinite period can regain eligibility after completing any of the following 3 options:
- Successfully completing a rehabilitation program, as described below, which includes passing two unannounced drug tests from such a program;
- Having a conviction reversed, set aside, or removed from the student’s record so that fewer than two convictions for sale or three convictions for possession remain on the record; or
- Successfully completing two unannounced drug tests which are part of a rehab program (the student does not need to complete the rest of the program.)
In such cases, the nature and dates of the remaining convictions will determine when the student regains eligibility. It is the student’s responsibility to certify successful completion of a rehabilitation program.
Standards for a qualified drug rehabilitation program
A qualified drug rehabilitation program must include at least two unannounced drug tests to satisfy at least one of the following requirements:
- Be qualified to receive funds directly or indirectly from a federal, state, or local government program.
- Be qualified to receive payment directly or indirectly from a federally or state-licensed insurance company.
- Be administered or recognized by a federal, state, or local government agency or court.
- Be administered or recognized by a federally or state-licensed hospital, health clinic, or medical doctor.