Filing the 2020-2021 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA):
The UNMC Financial Aid Office would like to take this opportunity to advise students the 2020-2021 is now available. Students must file the FAFSA every year to remain eligible for federal student aid (loans/grants).
- IF you are filing the FAFSA for the first time, you must create a FSA-ID. If you are an undergraduate, dependent student, your parents will also be required to create an FSA ID to complete the parent sections of the FAFSA.
- Please use the UNMC School Code 006895 to ensure your FAFSA information is sent to UNMC.
- Before going on-line to complete the 2020-2021 FAFSA, you/your parents may want to view the 2020-2021 pdf form to review the questions, determine what documents you may need, etc.
- The 2020-2021 FAFSA will collect 2018 U.S. INCOME and TAX INFORMATION. All 2018 income and tax information should have been completed/submitted to the IRS by APRIL 2019. Filing the FAFSA any time after October 1 should not be an issue for students and/or families. We encourage students/parents to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (DRT); however, it is not required. PLEASE review the Department of Education’s Frequently Asked Questions regarding the 2020-2021 IRS DRT BEFORE you begin the FAFSA completion process:
- If you are currently married and did NOT file a joint 2018 IRS Tax Return, you must include the combined 2018 incomes, taxes paid, untaxed income, and savings/investments for student and spouse when completing the 2020-2021 FAFSA.
APPLICATION DEADLINE: APRIL 1, 2020
- ALL currently enrolled, and 2020-2021 APPLICANTS for ADMISSION, should submit the 2020-2021 FAFSA by APRIL 1, 2020. APPLICANTS, do NOT delay your FAFSA filing waiting for an offer of admission to your program. File the FAFSA at the earliest possible date. The data will not be loaded into the student information system until you are admitted; but, filing early ensures you meet all the FAFSA application ‘date’ deadlines.
- Undergraduate student FAFSA data received by APRIL 1, 2020 will be considered for campus-based grant aid; and, if eligible, the COLLEGEBOUND NE tuition guarantee.
- UNMC UNDERGRADUATE PROGRAMS REGARDLESS OF PRIOR DEGREE: The programs listed below are considered undergraduate bachelor degree programs, regardless of having previously received a bachelor’s degree. The FAFSA must be completed in accordance with FAFSA requirements as an undergraduate student
- College of Nursing: Bachelor of Nursing
- College of Allied Health: Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science; Bachelor of Medical Imaging and Therapeutic Science Programs
- College of Dentistry: Bachelor of Dental Hygiene
- Students admitted to/or enrolled in these UNDERGRADUATE programs must answer: Q 29 with 3 or 4; Q 30 with 1 or 2 (pursing a 1st or 2nd Bachelor’s degree); Q 48 as NO.
- ALL Other UNMC DEGREE and CERTIFICATE PROGRAMS are considered GRADUATE/PROFESSIONAL Programs. The FAFSA should be completed in accordance with FAFSA instructions. PARENT information is NOT required on the FAFSA for graduate/professional students you are a College of Dentistry or College of Pharmacy Student. Dentistry and Pharmacy students who wish to be considered for the subsidized Health Professions Student Loan (interest free while enrolled and 5% interest in repayment) must file their FAFSA by April 1, 2021 AND PARENT income information must be included on the FAFSA for HPSL consideration.
INCOME REDUCTION REVIEW:
An income reduction review is relevant for undergraduate students only. Graduate and Professional students are not eligible for NEED BASED federal grant/loan aid. The income/tax information plays no role in your eligibility for Direct Unsubsidized/Direct Graduate PLUS loan aid.
The following procedure for INCOME REDUCTION REVIEW is as follows:
- The 2020-2021 FAFSA with valid 2018 Income/Tax Information must be on file in the UNMC Financial Aid Office before requesting the review. Our office will not consider income reduction reviews until a valid FAFSA with 2018 income/asset information is on file.
- Submit a written request to firstname.lastname@example.org with subject line: INCOME REDUCTION REVIEW. Provide a written explanation for the request. Our office will review the request and advise the student and/or parents of the appropriate documentation required for the income reduction review.
The UNMC Financial Aid Office will accept Income Reduction Reviews for the following reasons:
- UNDERGRADUATE STUDENT or PARENTS (dependent student) FINALIZED a divorce in 2018 or 2019 and filed a joint 2018 tax return. Student/Parents must complete the 2020-2021 FAFSA using 2018 US IRS income/tax information from the joint tax return information before a review using 2019 income will be considered. A DIVORCE DECREE will be REQUIRED to consider the review. Reviews are not considered for the marital status of SEPARATED.
- UNDERGRADUATE DEPENDENT Student: parent/parents lost a job or had a significant decrease in income for 2019; parent deceased in 2018 or 2019 resulting in significant loss of income. Student and Parents must complete the FAFSA with the 2018 US IRS income/tax information before a review using 2019 income will be considered.
- UNDERGRADUATE MARRIED Student: Spouse lost their job due to termination; income reduced due to a change in job in 2019; spouse deceased in 2018 or 2019 resulting in significant loss of income. Student/Spouse must complete the 2020-2021 FAFSA with 2018 US IRS income/tax information before a review using 2019 income will be considered.
New Student APPLICANTS: Review how the student financial aid process works at this How to Apply link.
Review your ESTIMATED 2020-2021 Cost of Attendance
Contact the UNMC Financial Aid Office at email@example.com or 402-559-4199