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Applying For Financial Aid - What is the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)?

The FAFSA is a Federal form which determines a student’s eligibility for Federal aid. Based on the information provided, dependency status will be determined as well as the Expected Family Contribution. Both of these items will be used to determine aid eligibility. This information is determined by the Federal Processing Center.

For helpful information and easy, step-by-step guidance through the FAFSA process visit their website at and the Federal Student Aid website at

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You may file the FAFSA any time

after January 1.

Priority consideration is given to those filing prior to March 1.

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You do not have to wait until you file

your taxes to file the FAFSA.

You can file using estimated information then update after taxes are filed.

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You must file the FAFSA every year.

You may be asked to provide additional documentation which could delay your award if you do not respond by the due date.

Documentation requests will appear on your MaineStreet To Do List.

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FAFSA on the Web

We recommend that you file using FAFSA on the Web. FAFSA on the Web allows you to enter information electronically and submit your application directly to the Federal Processing Center. If you applied last year, certain information can be pre-filled from last year’s application as long as you have a PIN.

The FAFSA on the Web now has the IRS Data Retrieval Tool  available that allows students and parent applicants to upload their tax information into the FAFSA application, directly from the IRS website.  This tool will be available to student applicants and parents, who have filed their 2014 taxes,  beginning February 2, 2014.

Before you begin gather the documents you will need to apply.

FAFSA on the Web also allows you to download a worksheet to complete ahead of time.

If you wish to file a paper FAFSA, contact the Department of Education at 1-800-433-3243 and request that one be sent to you.

Be sure to list The University of Maine on your application so that we receive your application data. The FAFSA will not be sent to us unless you list us on your application.

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After Filing the FAFSA

Once you submit your FAFSA on the Web you will be given a confirmation number. Keep this for your records. After successfully submitting the FAFSA, you will be sent your Student Aid Report (SAR). You can check the status of your application by going to the FAFSA on the Web  My FAFSA. Contact the Federal Student Aid Information Center at 1-800-4-FED-AID (1-800-433-3243) with questions.*

You will be able to see that your FAFSA has been sent to the University of Maine by checking the “Releases & Signatures” section on your Student Aid Report.

Check Your FAFSA Status on MaineStreet

The Office of Student Financial Aid began loading 2014 – 2015 FAFSAs in January.  To determine  whether your FAFSA has been received by UMaine, login to your Student Self-Service page in MaineStreet.  You will find the FAFSA Status link under the Finances section of your Student Center.  Verify we have received your FAFSA.  The date listed is not the date you filed the FAFSA, but the date we transferred your FAFSA  information into MaineStreet.  If you have recently filed and the receipt of your FAFSA does not appear within 7 business days, please contact the Office of Student Financial Aid.

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