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1. Complete the 2014-2015 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) using your 2013 federal income tax return information. The IRS Data Retrieval function will allow you to access IRS data for tax returns that have already been filed. You may file electronically through FAFSA on the Web at www.fafsa.gov. The FAFSA is used to establish your eligibility for various financial aid programs.
To ensure that your award includes all terms in which you plan to enroll at UT Arlington including Summer 2014, you should also complete information on the FA Future Enrollment link in the Student Center of your MyMav account.
2. Within two weeks after the FAFSA is filed, you should receive your Student Aid Report (SAR) electronically from the U.S. Department of Education, if you included an email address when you filed your FAFSA. You should review it for accuracy and any further instructions.
3. A number of financial aid applicants are selected by the U.S. Department of Education for a process called verification. This means that you will be required to provide additional documents to complete your financial aid file. Examples of required documents include the student’s 2013 IRS tax return transcript, the parents' 2013 IRS tax return transcript if parental data was required on the FAFSA, verification of household size, and child support paid. Required verification documents are targeted to each student, so you are only required to submit the specific documents requested from you. Signed copies of the federal income tax returns are no longer acceptable documentation. If you used the IRS Data Retrieval function when completing your FAFSA and did not change any of the data provided, you will not be required to submit IRS tax return transcripts.
You may contact your local IRS office directly. This link provides a list of offices that provide in person taxpayer assistance: www.irs.gov/localcontacts.
We will notify you by mail of any required outstanding documents. You may also see a list of the outstanding items in the To Do List on the Student Services Center page of your MyMav account and in the Comments section of the SAR. Prompt response to our requests will expedite the awarding process. No financial aid awards can be made until these documents are received and reviewed.
4. Once your financial aid file is completed, it will be reviewed and awarded. You will be sent a Financial Aid Award Notification e-mail outlining your financial aid award. In order to receive the financial aid funds awarded to you, you must accept the awards online through your MyMav account. Instructions will be sent to you with your award notification.
5. If you are a first-time borrower through the Federal Direct Student Loan Program, you will be required to complete additional steps to receive loan funds. Upon your acceptance of loan funds you should click the name of the award in your MyMav account for additional instructions and information. Follow all instructions concerning the Master Promissory Note and Entrance Counseling requirements. NO LOAN FUNDS WILL BE RECEIVED until all steps are completed.
If you wish to apply for financial aid for the 2014 spring term, you should complete the 2013-2014 FAFSA at www.fafsa.gov.
Change of financial circumstances:
If there have been changes in your financial situation or if there are any unusual circumstances that could affect your ability or your family's ability to contribute to your education, please contact our office. You may wish to complete a Request for Review of Special Circumstances form located in the Forms section of this website so that we may have a more accurate picture of your financial situation.
Changes to awards:
In certain cases, revisions must be made to your financial aid award after the award is completed and/or accepted. Some events that could cause the award to be reduced or cancelled include:
You will be notified if a change in your financial aid award is required.