Federal Student Aid Information Center:

1-800-433-3243 for FSA ID assistance


FSA ID and FAFSA Step-by-Step Process

Step 1:  Gather your DOCUMENTS needed to complete the FAFSA

Any tax documents needed should be tax documents from TWO YEARS PRIOR to your HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION YEAR.  For example, if you are in the graduating class of 2019 then you would need your 2017 tax documents.  If you are in the graduating class of 2020 then you would need your 2018 tax documents.

  • ·         Your Social Security number
  • ·         Your driver’s license (if applicable)
  • ·         Your W-2 forms and other records of money earned
  • ·         Your (and your spouse’s, if married) Federal Income Tax Return
  • ·         Your parents’ Federal Income Tax Return (if you are dependent student)
  • ·         Your untaxed income records (i.e. if applicable, military benefits information, veterans benefits records, workers’ compensation, etc.)
  • ·         Child support received
  • ·         Worker’s compensation
  • ·         Your current bank statements
  • ·         Your current business and investment mortgage information, business and farm records, stocks, bond or other investment records
  • ·         Your alien registration or permanent resident card (if you are not a U.S. citizen)

 

Step 2:   Create an FSA ID – both student AND parent need to create two, separate FSA ID accounts

·         Create an FSA ID here:  https://fsaid.ed.gov

 

HELPFUL HINTS for Creating an FSA ID

If the STUDENT is the only person creating BOTH FSA IDs you will need:

If the PARENT is the only person creating BOTH FSA IDs you will need:

-parent’s AND student’s social security numbers

 -access to parent’s e-mail account (login AND password) OR cell phone (to verify registration with a pin number that will be sent to the student’s e-mail and/or cell phone) OR ability to call/text parent during registration process for parent to send the pin number that they receive to the student to complete the FSA ID registration process

 **e-mail addresses and phone numbers input for parent and student need to be different**

-parent’s AND student’s social security numbers

 -access to student’s e-mail account (login AND password) OR cell phone (to verify registration with a pin number that will be sent to the student’s e-mail and/or cell phone)

 **e-mail addresses and phone numbers input for parent and student need to be different**

 

Step 3:  START working on the FAFSA UP UNTIL the “Link to IRS” page

·         It will take about 3 to 4 days for your FSA ID to be able to link your tax information to the FAFSA


Step 4:  COMPLETE the FAFSA

·         After about 3 to 4 days have passed since creating your FSA ID, log back into the FAFSA website to complete your FAFSA (linking your FSA ID to your tax information to your FAFSA) Go to fafsa.gov


 Step 5:  Next Steps

·         Go to:  https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/fafsa/next-steps


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You Tube Video on Completing the FAFSA https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d1GmaBMD-oY

FSA ID FAQs (everything you need to know about FSA ID including what to do if you forgot your username/password - which is probably one of the most common questions):  https://fsaid.ed.gov/npas/pub/faq.htm

Resource for you to answer FAFSA questions by line item:



WHIS will be participating in Hawaii P-20's Cash for College Challenge!  This challenge encourages ALL families to complete the FAFSA (for current 12th grade students).  If we increase our FAFSA completion numbers by 5% from last year (we need at least 70 families to complete the FAFSA by March 15, 2019), the senior class will win $500 to use towards senior year events such as graduation and prom.  Additional cash prizes will be awarded to schools with highest FAFSA completion rates and largest percentage point increase from the previous year.

Even if you aren't thinking of attending college as your first choice for after high school, please complete the FAFSA as a back-up plan so you will have some financial help if you decide last minute to attend.  This will also help increase our percentage of completion and will help to earn money for your senior year events!

If you attend one of our FAFSA Completion Workshops here at WHIS, not only will you receive assistance from a financial aid officer to help complete the FAFSA, but you will be entered to win 2 ADDITIONAL WHIS GRADUATION TICKETS (one entry per family in attendance; 12th grade families only)!!! 

You may also complete the FAFSA from the comfort of your own home.  WHIS will still earn credit for your completion of the FAFSA because the application will ask for the name of your high school.

The FAFSA IS NOW OPEN, but be sure that both student AND parent create an FSA ID BEFORE completing the FAFSA.  The earlier you complete the FAFSA, the more money will be available for your aid.


Financial Aid - Frequently Used Websites/Resources
FSA ID
https://fsaid.ed.gov

Free Application for Federal Student Aid Application (FAFSA)
https://fafsa.ed.gov

Federal Student Aid Website
https://studentaid.ed.gov

FinAid
http://www.finaid.org/

Kamehameha Schools Financial Aid and Services
https://apps.ksbe.edu/financialaid/

Alu Like, Inc.
https://www.alulike.org/services/ka-ipu-kaeo/nhfaap/



    Financial Aid Offices in Hawaii
     SchoolE-mail Phone Number 
     Chaminade University finaid@chaminade.edu     808.735.4780
     Hawaii Community College         hawccfao@hawaii.edu     808.934.2712
     Hawaii Medical College esantamaria@hmi.edu 808.237.5140
     Hawaii Pacific University financialaid@hpu.edu 808.544.0253
     Honolulu Community College honccfao@hawaii.edu 808.845.9116
     Kapiolani Community College kapfao@hawaii.edu 808.734.9537
     Kauai Community College kauccfao@hawaii.edu 808.245.8360
     Leeward Community College     lccfao@hawaii.edu 808.455.0606
     Windward Community College wccfao@hawaii.edu 808.235.7449
     University of Hawaii Hilo     uhhfao@hawaii.edu 808.932.7449
     University of Hawaii Manoa finaid@hawaii.edu 808.956.7251
     University of Hawaii Maui College     mauifa@hawaii.edu 808.984.3277
     University of Hawaii West Oahu uhwo.finaid@hawaii.edu 808.689.2900