Semester Priority Deadline
Spring 2014* November 25, 2013
*If you are planning to attend Shelton this spring you must complete your FAFSA file before November 25, 2013. Do not wait until that day to apply. All documentation and required information must be completed by November 25, 2013 in order for your award to be available before spring 2014. If documents are received after the deadline they will be processed on a first come, first serve basis. The average processing time is two weeks. It is your responsibility to know all deadlines.
Major Financial Aid Changes - FAFSA & IRS Data Retrieval Process
Beginning with the 2012-13 academic year, financial aid offices no longer accept signed copies of federal tax returns from students and parents for FAFSA verification purposes. There is an easier, faster way to provide tax information for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). When completing the FAFSA, you will be prompted to enter your PIN and link to the IRS web site. The retrieval process will display your tax information and allow you to transfer it to your FAFSA.
Our office encourages everyone to retrieve their tax data if you and your parent(s) have filed your tax return(s) prior to completing the FAFSA. Families who do not use the IRS Data Retrieval process may be required to submit an IRS tax transcript directly from the IRS to complete the federal verification process. Our recommendation is for you (and your parent(s) if required) to file federal income taxes electronically prior to filing the FAFSA as well as participating in the IRS retrieval process. If you file your federal tax return electronically, the data will be available to import into the FAFSA application within approximately two weeks of the IRS accepting your return (or your parent(s) if applicable). If you or your parent(s) file taxes by paper, it will take eight weeks before your information will be available for the IRS data retrieval process.
How to Obtain a Free Tax Return Transcript from the IRS
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 request a tax transcript from the IRS and submit it to the Office of Student Financial Aid. Personal copies of tax returns can no longer be accepted.
There are two ways to request your tax transcript: by phone or online. Make sure you request a Tax Transcript; do not request a Tax Account Transcript or Record of Account because they cannot be used for financial aid verification purposes.
To order by phone: Call the IRS at 1.800.829.1040 and then select the following prompts:
- · Option 2 (Personal Income Taxes)
- · Option 1 (Tax History)
- · Option 2 (Tax Return Transcript)
- · Enter & verify Social Security number (if joint return, both SSNs required).
- · Enter & verify number of street address.
- · Press 2 for Tax Transcript & indicate which year (i.e. 2012).
To order online: Go to www.irs.gov and then select the following:
- · Click Order a Tax Return or Account Transcript located in the left-hand column.
- · Click Order a Transcript under Step 3.
- · Enter your SSN, date of birth, street address, and zip code.
- · Click Continue.
- · Select Transcript for Tax Year (i.e. 2012).
- · Click Continue.