The FAFSA is changing! If you’re filing for 2024-25 financial aid, you will use the new, simplified FAFSA, available starting in December 2023. Read more on what’s different and how to prepare now.
UNC Greensboro financial aid – such as loans, grants, and some scholarships – is awarded through the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships to eligible students based on information reported each year in the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
A new FAFSA should be filed each year the student wants to be considered for financial aid. File as early as possible for the best chance for the most aid.
Students must report UNCG’s Federal School Code (002976) when they file in order for UNCG to consider them for financial aid.
New incoming students at UNCG can file a FAFSA in the same way as a current student, via www.fafsa.ed.gov.
Students can file the FAFSA before applying to UNCG, but they will not get awarded until they have been admitted. The Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships begins processing aid awards in March for admitted students, so it’s important to apply for admission and financial aid early.
Aid is awarded to any admitted student who has filed a FAFSA. Students do not have to confirm their intent to enroll to receive a financial aid offer.
Students need to have the following on hand:
Undergraduate dependent students will need the above information for their parents during filing as well. Make sure both the student and parent (for undergraduate dependent students) sign the FAFSA or it will be rejected.
DEPENDENCY STATUS ON THE FAFSA: Dependency status determines whose information must be reported on the FAFSA. A dependent student is required to report both student and parent information. An independent student will report only student (and spouse, if applicable) information. More info about how to determine dependency status is on the Department of Education website.
As a general rule, students should file the FAFSA as early as possible. The FAFSA is typically available starting in October, but the 2024-25 application is delayed until December 2023 due to form changes as part of the FAFSA Simplification Act. (More info here.) The FAFSA uses previous year tax information. For example, the 2024 -2025 FAFSA will be available December 2023 and will use 2022 tax information.
File by the priority date for the best access to the maximum aid available. There is limited financial aid funding in some areas like state grants, so students who apply by the priority date receive priority access to those limited funds.
Students can apply after the priority date, as late as June 30 of the academic year in which they need aid. (For example, file by June 30, 2022, for the 2021-22 school year.)
It’s important to read all FAFSA instructions very carefully as incorrect or incomplete information will delay a student’s aid being processed. Here are some of the most common errors to avoid.
Graduate students and Parents who wish to apply for a PLUS Loan must submit an application in addition to the FAFSA and be approved based on credit.
Parents of dependent students seeking financial aid for an undergraduate degree must participate in the financial aid application process by completing and signing the FAFSA along with the student, and providing documents if requested.
To provide the required information on a student’s FAFSA, the parent should complete the following steps:
Parents who are unsure about whether to include their information or another parent’s information, or who have questions about how to report details on the FAFSA, please refer to the Federal Student Aid website.
When aid is awarded, it is usually all in the student’s name. Any grants, subsidized or unsubsidized loans, and/or scholarships are solely connected to the student. The student does not need a cosigner for their federal student loans.
Parents may opt to apply for a Federal Parent PLUS loan if their student is considered a dependent on the FAFSA. If the parent is approved (based on a credit evaluation), the parent can take the loan for use toward the student’s educational costs. If the parent is denied, there is an option where the student can receive additional loan funds. The Parent PLUS loan application is available through the Federal Student Aid website.
After submitting the FAFSA, students may receive an email stating their Financial Aid file is incomplete. This means there is something that will prevent the aid from being awarded or being disbursed, or paid, to the student’s account.
Always read all listed requirements as some of them may be related. For example, a student selected for Verification will have a Verification Review requirement that will be updated based on the other items listed.
Any requirements that require a form to be completed will have a link to the required form directly in UNCGenie. Forms can also be found on our Forms page.
Students should provide requested documents via the secure Document Uploader in UNCGenie. Scan documents so they can be viewed clearly. There are several free mobile scanner apps that will allow students to use the camera on their phone.
To use the Document Uploader:
Sometimes, the Department of Education is unable to verify the student’s citizenship status with the Social Security Administration or with the United States Citizenship Immigration Services (USCIS). In these cases, UNCG’s Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships is required to submit additional documentation from the student to USCIS. This process may take an additional 4-6 weeks before the student’s file can be completed.
Students will be asked to provide a copy of at least of one of the following:
This documentation must be submitted in person by the student or be accompanied by the Citizenship Affidavit form.
Note: Students flagged for additional citizenship documentation are urged to update their citizenship status with the Social Security Administration so that they will pass future checks.
Students will be asked to provide a copy of their social security card AND a copy of one of the following documents:
This documentation must be submitted in person by the student or be accompanied by the Citizenship Affidavit form. The UNCG Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships will provide a copy of the submitted documentation to USCIS. Documentation will be reviewed and financial aid eligibility status will be determined.
Information about financial aid eligibility is available here.
Every year, a subset of students who apply for financial aid are selected for verification by the U.S. Department of Education. This process requires schools to verify self-reported data provided on the FAFSA to ensure its accuracy.
Verification is intended to ensure that students receive the maximum aid for which they are eligible, NOT because fraud or misrepresentation is suspected.
Students who have been selected for verification will receive an email with more information about outstanding requirements and can view those requirements in their UNCGenie.
Requested documents may include:
If discrepancies are found, the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships will make corrections to the student’s FAFSA. If the corrections lead to a change in eligibility, the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships will revise the student’s award.