Applying for Financial Aid

FSA ID has replaced Federal Student Aid PIN for US Department of Education websites such as FAFSA and NSLDS.  For instructions, please click here, or for an instructional video, please click here.

2016-17 FAFSA:

  • Prospective Students Priority Filing Deadline February 15, 2016
  • Returning Students Priority Filing Deadline Deadline April 15, 2016

2017-18 FAFSA:

  • Returning Students Priority Filing Deadline February 15, 2017
  • Prospective Students Priority Filing Deadline February 15, 2017

*The 2017-18 FAFSA will become available on October 1, 2016, so the IRS Data Retrieval Tool can be used to pull in the 2015 income information (the Department of Education has switched to a prior-prior year application, so the FAFSA will be based on two year’s prior income moving forward).


Complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) or renewal FAFSA with the U.S. Department of Education electronically at The FAFSA serves as the official financial aid application for all federal, state and institutional need-based programs. Both the student and a parent must create their own FSA user name and password in order to sign the FAFSA electronically.  Resources are limited and the deadlines stated above are very important.  You must file by the priority deadline to be considered for maximum aid opportunities.  For an instructional video please click HERE.  For a free FAFSA guide and tutorial provided by NerdScholar please click HERE. ***Pennsylvania residents must file the FAFSA by May 1, 2016 to be considered for a PHEAA state grant.  (Some state grant programs may require supplemental applications.)  Please note that Allegheny’s deadline is April 15, 2016.  Allegheny will not replace lost state grant funds due to late filing. The FAFSA should be updated with the tax return information by utilizing the IRS Data Retrieval Tool.  The IRS Data Retrieval Tool inputs the tax return information into the FAFSA directly from the IRS.  We strongly encourage all families to utilize the IRS Data Retrieval Tool if applicable.  IF YOU DO NOT UTILIZE THE IRS DATA RETRIEVAL TOOL AND YOU ARE SELECTED FOR VERIFICATION, YOU MUST REQUEST THE TAX TRANSCRIPT FROM THE IRS TO SEND TO THE FINANCIAL AID OFFICE.  Click here for instructions on how to request the tax return transcripts via phone or online, or you can submit the 4506-T request form to the IRS by fax or mail.  It could take another several weeks to receive the tax transcript by requesting it from the IRS.

When data will be available from the IRS:

  • Electronic Tax Filers (refunds or no payment due):  Data will be available within 2 – 3 weeks of filing
  • Electronic Tax Filers (tax payment due):  Data will be available within 6 – 7 weeks of filing
  • All Paper Tax Filers:  Data will be available within 6 – 8 weeks of filing

For more instructions on how to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool, please click HERE. For an instructional video please click HERE.

If you are selected for verification, the Financial Aid Office will notify you.  Required verification documents will be listed on WebAdvisor under “My Documents”.  2016-17 Verification Documents are due in the Financial Aid Office within 30 days of verification notification.  

Dependent Student Verification Statement 2017-2018: Available HERE or at the Financial Aid Office located off to the right of Reis Hall’s Lobby. This form requires both the student and a parent signature.

2015 Student ‘s and Parents’ Federal Tax Returns: If your parent is not required to file a federal income tax return for 2015, please complete a Parent Statement of Non-Filing form.  In lieu of a tax transcript, this form must be completed and mailed to the Financial Aid Office.

Tax Extension (Form 4868): If either the parent or student is requesting a tax extension for 2015 from the federal government, mail a copy of the tax extension request and parents’ W-2’s to the Financial Aid Office.  Mail a signed copy of the completed tax return as soon as possible. Your Federal Stafford Loan will not be available to you until we receive a copy of your parents’ 2015 federal tax return.     

Independent Students

If your FAFSA has designated you as an independent student based on the series of questions 45-57, the Financial Aid Office will not require your parents’ information throughout the verification process.  However, if you are married, you must provide your spouse’s information.  Please click HERE for the Independent Students Verification Statement.  If you did not file a 2015 tax return, please complete the Student Statement of Non-Filing form.

Financial aid awards will be mailed to returning students early in June of 2017.  If these restrictions pose a hardship or if you have any questions, please call the office for assistance at 1-800-835-7780, or e-mail