FAFSA Overview Video (StudentAid.gov)

How to Fill Out the FAFSA Video (StudentAid.gov)

You will need information from your (and your parent’s if you are a dependent student for FAFSA purposes) 2019 federal tax return. When completing the income sections of the FAFSA, you are given the option to have this data retrieved directly from the IRS. UIS strongly encourages you to use this IRS Data Retrieval process which will automatically transfer your (and your parent’s) 2019 Federal Tax Return information into your FAFSA. The benefit of utilizing the IRS Data Retrieval process is that it minimizes the possibility of being selected by the federal processor for a process called verification which will require you to submit documentation to UIS before your financial aid can be disbursed. Follow the IRS Data Retrieval directions on the FAFSA site to complete the income retrieval process.

New for academic year 2021-2022: if you are an Illinois student receiving a Monetary Award Program (MAP) grant in academic year 2020-2021, and plan to attend college as an undergraduate student again in 2021-2022, you must file your 2021-2022 FAFSA by December 1, 2020 for priority access to the MAP grant. Not all students qualify for the MAP Grant, but completing your FAFSA before December 1 will give you the opportunity to at least be considered for the MAP Grant.

E-Offer Notifications (Electronic Offer Notifications)

New and returning students applying for financial assistance will receive their financial aid offer notifications electronically. You will be notified that your e-offer is ready to be viewed via an e-mail to your official UIS e-mail address, as well as any other e-mail addresses we may have on file for you. As such, it is extremely important to verify that your email account(s) are valid. Furthermore, you should be checking your official UIS email account regularly, at least once a week, for updates on your financial aid status and other important financial aid notifications or billing information. You will then be able to access your E-Offer Notification and Check Your Financial Aid Status. Students will no longer receive paper offer letters.