The primary responsibility for financing your education rests with you. Financial aid is meant to supplement your family resources. You may apply for financial aid before receiving acceptance for admission to the University. However, a Federal Stafford Loan cannot be processed until you are accepted. Institutional awards are determined by the availability of funds with priority given to completed financial aid applications received by March 20, 2017. Late applications may receive funds as available.
If you were selected for verification, the deadline at LLU to submit verification doumentation by is 60 days prior to the start of enrollment for a given academic year. Late verification documents may be accepted; however, awards in time for financial clearance will not be guaranteed. Note: The Office of Financial Aid will endeavor to verify and award students who submit late documentation; however, awards cannot be guaranteed for students who submit documentation less than 45 days prior to end of their term, award year, or last day of enrollment.
For verification with regards to a PELL Grant, a student must submit verification documentation by the deadline published in the Federal Register or 120 days after the last day of enrollment, whichever is earlier.
Steps for the financial aid process
Complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online. Parental datamay need to be includedon the FAFSA, if you want to be considered for LLU institutional funds.
The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
Note: All dependent students (see Step 3 of the FAFSA form for definition), and allstudents applying for the best financial aid award, MUST provide both student AND parent information. For the best financial aid award, the FAFSA results must be received in the Office of Financial Aid by March 20, 2017 (allow Department of Education 1 week for processing). To submit your FAFSA go to: http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/.
If you are a new applicant:
- Request a FSA ID at https://fsaid.ed.gov
- Use the FSA ID to complete and submit the FAFSA form online.
If you are filing your renewal FAFSA on the web:
- With your FSA ID, go to the FAFSA web site and complete the FAFSA renewal. (You, the student, must be living at the same address as you reported in 2016-2017. If you moved you cannot use the renewal FAFSA on the web.
FAFSA UPDATES FOR 2017-2018 AWARD YEAR
IRS Data Retrieval Tool
Beginning early February 2016, students and parents who have filed their 2015 IRS tax return will be able to select the IRS Data Retrieval option on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to transfer tax information to the FAFSA. We strongly encourage you to select this option during the initial filing or when subsequent corrections are made to your 2017-2018 FAFSA. This option will streamline and expedite the processing of your financial aid application.
What is IRS Data Retrieval Tool?
The IRS Data Retrieval tool will allow FAFSA on the Web applicants to request and retrieve their tax return data from the IRS. Once the data is retrieved from the IRS, it can be transferred to the FAFSA online.
To successfully use this option you must:
- Have a federal tax return filed with the IRS.
- Have a valid Social Security Number.
- Have an unchanged marital status since December 31, 2015
While completing the FAFSA application you will be presented with questions to identify whether you may be able to use the IRS Data Retrieval Process. You will be unable to use this option if:
- Your marital status changed after December 31, 2015.
- You filed married filing separately.
- You filed an amended return.
- You filed a foreign tax return.
- You filed a tax return using a Tax ID Number (TIN).
- The home address on the FAFSA does not match the address on the tax return.
According to the IRS, this tool cannot be used until 1-2 weeks after electronically filing a tax return and 6-8 weeks after filing paper tax returns.
How It Works
When either a parent or student selects the IRS Data Retrieval option, the FAFSA Central Processing System (CPS) will conduct a data match with the IRS. As the federal income tax filer, you will be redirected to a secure IRS website, where you will permit the IRS to transfer income data to the CPS. Data that is successfully matched will be marked on the FAFSA with the following notation, “Transferred from the IRS.” It’s as simple as that. This process avoids reporting errors and processing delays that can otherwise occur when the option is not selected.
If I am selected for verification, what tax documentation do I need to provide to the Office of Financial Aid ?
If you were selected for verification, the deadline to submit verification is 60 days prior to the start of enrollment for a given academic year. Late verification documents may be accepted; however, awards in time for financial clearance will not be guaranteed. Note: The Office of Financial Aid will endeavor to verify and award students who submit late documentation; however, awards cannot be guaranteed for students who submit documentation less than 45 days prior to end of their term, award year, or last day of enrollment.
For verification with regards to a PELL Grant, a student must complete verification by the deadline published in the Federal Register or 120 days after the last day of enrollment, whichever is earlier.
Paper tax returns will no longer be accepted as verification documentation. If your FAFSA is selected for verification, and you did not use the IRS Data Retrieval option or you changed the IRS data, you will be required to provide:
- Tax Return Transcript (student’s tax transcript and parent’s tax transcript for dependent student)
- W-2 (non-filers)
How do I request a Tax Return Transcript?
Tax filers can request a transcript, free of charge, in one of the three ways.
- Online request at www.irs.gov
- Telephone request by calling 1-800-908-9946
- Paper request form using IRS Form 4506T-EZ
What happens next?
Once the FAFSA is processed by the Department of Education, an Institutional Student Information Record (ISIR) will be received. The Office of Financial Aid will use the ISIR to start processing your file.
Once your valid ISIR is received by LLU, the LLU online Supplemental Eligibility Form must be completed. This is part of Step 1 of the online financial aid process. If required, or you want to be considered for institutional funds administered through Loma Linda University, submit a 2015 US Federal Tax Return Transcript from irs.gov, for you, your spouse (if applicable), and your parent(s). Mail or fax ((909)558-4283) the 2015 US Federal Tax Return Transcript to the Office of Financial Aid. Once you have completed and submitted your LLU online Supplemental Eligibility form, additional financial aid forms may be required based on your answers on the application. These forms will become immediately available online on the tracking requirements page.
The Office of Financial Aid will send you an email message advising you when Step 2 is ready for you to complete. Step 2 of the online financial aid process enables you to accept, change, or decline your financial aid package.
A GPA verification form is required from all applicants for the undergraduate Cal-Grant that have not previously received a Cal-Grant. The form must be certified by a registrar and sent to the address on the form. Please submit the form to a registrar no later than February 24, 2017. Cal-Grant renewal students are not required to complete the GPA verification form.
The LLU Financial Aid requirements/forms
Your LLU PIN will enable you to access and electronically complete your financial aid requirements as well as download and submit other LLU financial aid forms. If you are a new student, a PIN will be mailed/emailed to you once the FAFSA results are received in the Office of Financial Aid. All students may access the financial aid forms at: http://www.llu.edu/students/financial-aid/forms.php
Students may be required to submit parental information to be considered for institutional funds. The forms below may be part of your requirements.
- The Independent Student Verification Worksheet (IVS)
- Dependent Student Verification Worksheet (IVSP)
- Parent Verification for Independent Students (PVIS)
- SNAP Verification
Child Support Verification
- If you are required to file a 2015 US federal income tax return, and if required, submit a 2015 US Federal Tax Return Transcript (see above for how to, How do I request a Tax Return Transcript?). Print your first name, last name, student ID OR Social Security Number, and major on the top right hand corner of the first page. Do not submit state tax returns.
- If you are not required to file a 2015 US federal or foreign tax return, submit clear photocopies of all 2015 W-2 forms, IRS Form 1099, or certification of other income.
- If you are a dependent student, or astudent applying for the best financial aid award, your parent's income information (as outlined in this section),and the information verification statement with parent(s) form must also be submitted.
The U.S. citizenship Confirmation
If you are a US citizen, you might be required to bring your US birth certificate, US passport, or naturalization certificate to the Office of Financial Aid.
Eligible Non-Citizen Documentation
You might be required to bring your resident alien card or other documentation to the Office of Financial Aid.