About the FAFSA for New Start
We know that financial aid can be confusing, but we're here to help!
To be considered for New Start financial aid and maximize this to your benefit, we ask you to complete two FAFSAs: the 2020-2021 and the 2021-2022 FAFSAs. As an incoming freshman, you must complete the 2020-2021 FAFSA for summer financial assistance and the 2021-2022 FAFSAs for financial aid during the academic year. Applying for financial aid is FREE using the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
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The FAFSA is available from the financial aid office at any university or college, your high school counselor's office or online at www.fafsa.ed.gov. In order to ensure that you receive your financial aid in a timely manner, please complete both the 2020-2021 and 2021-2022 forms by May 20, 2021 at the latest, although UA's priority deadline is March 1. It is also very important that you keep an eye on UAccess Student Center in case you are flagged for Federal Verification. If this is the case, this verification would need to be completed prior to receiving your aid.
Any Pell grant money that you are awarded for you to attend the New Start Summer Program should not affect the financial aid you will receive for your 2021-2022 FAFSA your first year. Per the U.S. Department of Education, students can receive Pell grants for the undergraduate degree for up to 12 semesters, which is roughly 6 years of school. For Federal Aid purposes, New Start counts as one semester.
HELPFUL FAFSA TIPS
Even though you will complete your FAFSAs while you are still in high school, there are two questions you will need to answer based on your status when you begin the New Start Summer Program. Below are helpful tips for FAFSA Question 26 and FAFSA Question 29.
FAFSA Question 26: What will your high school completion status be? A: High School Diploma
FAFSA Question 29: What will your grade level be? A: First Year Undergraduate