Applying for Aid

Applying For Federal Student Financial Aid

Each student interested in receiving financial assistance must submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or provide a copy of the Student Aid Report (SAR) if the FAFSA was previously completed for the current award year. The FAFSA is free to fill out, and students do not need to pay for assistance completing it.

The Financial Aid Office will use the results of the FAFSA to determine the student’s financial aid eligibility. Students should refer to www.studentaid.ed.gov, which is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education, for more detailed information about filling out the FAFSA.

Verification

A student’s application may be selected for a process known as verification. The verification process requires the school to validate certain information submitted on the FAFSA. The student will be required to submit supporting documentation. Need-based Federal Student Aid funds will not be awarded until the verification process has been completed.

If the verification process is not completed, the student will be responsible for making payments to the school to cover the amount owed for which aid was not received.

Each year the U.S. Department of Education requires schools participating in the distribution of federal student aid to verify the consistency and accuracy of data submitted on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). This verification process involves the review of tax documents and household information to ensure the accuracy of the FAFSA application. To complete verification, students and parents, as applicable, are asked to submit federal tax documents and forms to the Financial Aid Office.

Who is selected: The Department of Education has methods of identifying possible mistakes on the FAFSA data fields. Any student who completes a FAFSA may be chosen for verification by the Department of Education or the Financial Aid Office.

If deemed necessary, International Sports Sciences Association may require verification for an undergraduate student who has submitted a special circumstance review form.

Students selected for any of the reasons listed above will have the Verification Forms (Independent or Dependent) emailed to them. To avoid delays in the award packaging and disbursement process students should complete the forms and return them to the Financial Aid Office via upload to their Populi student portal as soon as possible.

Submitting forms and documents: Scanned documents should be uploaded to the student's Financial Aid Application for the appropriate award year, under the "Financial Aid" section of the Financial tab of their Populi student portal. Financial Aid staff are notified when documents are uploaded. To be opened by International Sports Sciences Association, emailed documents should be clearly labeled with a subject and text in the body of the email.

If possible, using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (discussed below) is the easiest and most secure way to verify income and tax information.

Some students selected for verification will be required to provide a notarized Statement of Educational Purpose. The original document with signatures is required, so these must be mailed directly to the Financial Aid Office.

Always keep a copy of submitted documents for your records.

The Financial Aid Office will verify all mandatory items identified by the U.S. Department of Education:

  • Household size
  • Number of household members in college
  • Adjusted gross income
  • Income tax paid
  • Education credits
  • IRA Deductions and Payments
  • Tax exempt interest Income
  • Untaxed portions of IRA Distributions
  • Untaxed portions of Pensions

In addition, some students will be required to verify High School/GED completion status as well as complete a statement of Educational Purpose. International Sports Sciences Association can also verify discretionary items as we see fit.

After the initial verification document request has been met, International Sports Sciences Association will compare the information provided on the FAFSA and might ask for additional information if we find discrepancies that cannot be explained.

Conflicting Information

Students are responsible for reporting accurate information on the FAFSA, regardless of whether a student is selected for verification. If International Sports Sciences Association has access to information it considers to be in conflict, the student may be asked to explain discrepancies, provide supporting documents and/or make corrections to their FAFSA to resolve the issue.

If the conflicting information is not resolved, Federal Student Aid funds will not be awarded and the student will be responsible for making payments to the school to cover amount owed for which aid was not received.

Changes to Eligibility

Students whose financial aid information requires reprocessing, based on the verification process or resolution of conflicting information, may have FAFSA corrections electronically processed by International Sports Sciences Association. Any corrections will generate an updated Student Aid Report (SAR) which will be sent to the student by the Central Processing System (CPS). The Expected Family Contribution (EFC) may change based on the corrections made.

If a student received a financial aid estimate before completing verification and resolving all conflicting information, his or her aid eligibility will be reevaluated by financial aid staff. Students are notified via email if awards change.

If conflicting information is discovered after aid is awarded or disbursed, International Sports Sciences Association must resolve the conflicting information and the student will be required to repay aid received in excess of his/her eligibility. All conflicts must be resolved regardless of whether the student was selected for verification or not.

Timeline and deadlines: Please allow three weeks for the verification process to be completed, once all items have been submitted. The process may take longer if we receive incomplete documents or require additional information.

Financial aid funds cannot be officially disbursed until verification is completed. Return the requested documents to us as soon as possible.

To avoid a delay in the processing of your aid and having a hold placed on your account; verification must be completed by the registration deadline for your first quarter you intend to receive aid in a school year. Please ensure that the results of your FAFSA have been received by the Financial Aid Office at least 35 days prior to the quarter start date to allow enough time to receive instructions and gather verification documents. Deadlines are summarized below:

Spring 2020: April 06 - June 14
  Session A / Full Term Session B
Submit 2019-2020 FAFSA Mar 02, 2020 Apr 06, 2020
Complete Verification
(If selected)
Mar 27, 2020 May 01, 2020
Accept Financial Aid Package Apr 15, 2020 May 15, 2020
Complete Loan Counseling and Master Promissory Note Apr 15, 2020 May 15, 2019
Spring 2020 Census Date: Apr 12, 2020. Pell Grant amounts will not include Session B courses added after this date. Further details on page 50 of the catalog.
Summer 2020: July 06 - September 13
  Session A / Full Term Session B

Submit 2020-2021 FAFSA

Jun 01, 2020 Jul 06, 2020
Complete Verification
(If selected)
Jun 26, 2020 Jul 31, 2020
Accept Financial Aid Package Jul 15, 2020 Aug 14, 2020
Complete Loan Counseling and Master Promissory Note Jul 15, 2020 Aug 14, 2020
Summer 2020 Census Date: July 12, 2020. Pell Grant amounts will not include Session B courses added after this date. Further details on page 50 of the catalog.
Fall 2020: October 05 - December 13
  Session A / Full Term Session B
Submit 2020-2021 FAFSA Aug 31, 2020 Oct 05, 2020
Complete Verification
(If selected)
Sep 25, 2020 Nov 01, 2020
Accept Financial Aid Package Oct 14, 2020 Nov 13, 2020
Complete Loan Counseling and Master Promissory Note Oct 14, 2020 Nov 13, 2020
Fall 2020 Census Date: Oct 11, 2020. Pell Grant amounts will not include Session B courses added after this date. Further details on page 50 of the catalog.
Winter 2021: January 04 - March 14
  Session A / Full Term Session B
Submit 2020-2021 FAFSA Nov 30, 2020 Jan 04, 2021
Complete Verification
(If selected)
Dec 18, 2020 Jan 29, 2021
Accept Financial Aid Package Jan 13, 2021 Feb 17, 2021
Complete Loan Counseling and Master Promissory Note Jan 13, 2021 Feb 17, 2021
Winter 2021 Census Date: Jan 10, 2021. Pell Grant amounts will not include Session B courses added after this date. Further details on page 50 of the catalog.

If student does not submit a FAFSA, FAFSA corrections or verification documents by the above dates, aid may still be disbursed. However, it may be on a delayed schedule which may lead to a hold on a student's future registration if there is a balance due.

Documents: In addition to the Verification Forms (Independent and Dependent), as applicable, students and parents chosen for verification will be required to confirm the accuracy of their income and federal tax information via the IRS Data Retrieval Tool on the FAFSA (preferred) or an IRS Return Transcript which can be ordered at https://www.irs.gov/individuals/get-transcript. If these options are not feasible, a copy of the correct year's IRS Tax Return signed and dated by the student, spouse or parent as applicable is also acceptable.

When completing this process, students submit IRS documents from the tax year two years prior to the school year (Prior-Prior Year). For example students completing the FAFSA for 2019-2020 award year use information from their 2017 federal income tax return filing.

Students who filed electronically should be able to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool on the FAFSA or request a Tax Return Transcript within 2 weeks. If a paper return was filed, either process may take 6-8 weeks to be available. For a step by step demonstration of the IRS DRT process, please watch this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ZNRdk3iXeM.

Any person who filed an amendment to a Tax Return will need to obtain further IRS documents will need to be obtained.

If any of the following apply to the student or parent, he or she cannot use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool:

  • The student/parent indicated they are not required to file a federal income tax return. A letter verifying the non-filing status from the IRS is required instead.
  • The student/parent indicates they have not yet filed a tax return but they are required to do so.
  • The student/parent does not have a valid Social Security Number.
  • The student/parent marital status changed after filing taxes in the relevant year.
  • The student/parent or their respective spouse filed a tax return with the status of Married Filing Separately.
  • The student/parent is married, and either they or their respective spouse filed as Head of Household.
  • The parents' marital status is "Unmarried and both parents living together."
  • The student/parent filed an amended tax return.
  • The student/parent filed a Puerto Rican or foreign tax return.