Transfer Guide and Process

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Add us to your FAFSA – 001008

The FAFSA is the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. It is the form that the federal government uses to determine your eligibility for federal aid. This aid can include grants, scholarships, work-study, and loans.

Completing the FAFSA allows you to be considered for federal, state, and some types of institutional financial aid. Some assistance is awarded on a first-come-first-served basis so complete today! The fastest way to submit your FAFSA is either online at fafsa.gov or through the myStudentAid mobile app

You need to complete the FAFSA every year that you want to be considered for financial aid.  Review all of your information every year because your eligibility may change depending on your family’s circumstances.

The 2020-2021 FAFSA, which became available on October 1, 2019, will be used for  Fall 2020, Spring 2021, and Summer 2021 terms. For the 2020-2021 FAFSA, you will use your 2018 income information on the application.

The 2021-2022 FAFSA, which will become available on October 1, 2020, will be used for Fall 2021, Spring 2022, and Summer 2022 terms. For the 2021-2022 FAFSA, you will use your 2019 income information on the application.

Students transferring to Athens State University during an academic year may qualify to receive any unused aid eligibility. That eligibility is determined by federal regulations and requirements at Athens State University.

Remember to cancel all pending Financial Aid at your current institution prior to accepting aid at Athens State. Contact your current Aid Office for details and instructions.
Follow these steps to ensure your FAFSA is transferred to us correctly:
1. Visit fafsa.gov and select “Log In” under the “Returning User?” section
2. Login with your FSA ID and password and answer the appropriate prompts
3. Choose the Aid Year from the listed tabs (ex. 2021-2022 for Fall 2021, Spring 2022, Summer 2022 at Athens State)
4. Select the “Make a FAFSA Correction” link
5. Create a Save Key (used to save your changes if you want to leave and come back before submitting)
6. Select the “Student Demographics” tab and update the “What will your college grade level be when you begin the school year?” question to reflect your entering semester at Athens State:
a. Sophomore if you have between 30 and 59 cumulative hours earned
b. Junior if you have between 60 and 89 cumulative hours earned
c. Senior if you have 90 or more cumulative hours earned
d. 5th Year/Other undergrad if this is not your first FAFSA with 90 or more cumulative hours earned
7. Update “What college degree or certification will you be working on when you begin the school year” to the degree you will be seeking at Athens State.
Note: This will not be an Associate Degree and you only select College Graduate after you complete a Bachelor’s Degree program.
8. Select the “School Selection” tab and use the “Add a School” button to add Athens State University with the school code 001008
9. Select the “Sign & Submit” tab and review to verify all the corrections you made are listed and legitimate
10. Have all appropriate parties sign the FAFSA via individual FSA ID information
11. Select the “Submit” button
You will get confirmation that your corrections have been submitted. Please remember it will take our office 3-5 business days to receive this updated information. We will email your Athens State student email address once we have it for your next steps.

Form Your Future creates an easy-to-follow Guide that clearly explains the FAFSA process and answers the most common questions from low-income students and parents.

Free Assistance is available in applying for aid from the North Alabama Center for Educational Excellence (NACEE). NACEE also provides academic, career, and personal counseling as well as a variety of tutoring options. The locations are:

Huntsville Central Office
4900 Suite B Century St.
Huntsville, AL 35618
Phone: 256-372-4600
Scottsboro
610 Broad St.
Scottsboro, AL 35768
Phone: 256-259-3072

Before the FAFSA

  • Create your Federal Student Aid (FSA) IDs before you begin the FAFSA to prevent delays.
    • Remember, do NOT use your school email to create your FSA ID.
    • Enter your name and social security number exactly as it appears on your social security card.  Double-check for errors.
    • If you are a dependent student, a parent will also need to create a separate FSA ID to use for signing the FAFSA.
  • Financial Aid PRO Tip: Add October 1 as a reminder on your calendar so you can apply early!  You don’t have to wait until you have been accepted to college to apply for financial aid.

After the FAFSA

  • Review your Student Aid Report (SAR) carefully.  The SAR is the official record that proves the federal processor received your FAFSA. If you find any errors on your SAR, you should correct your FAFSA online. Unresolved errors could impact your federal aid awards.
  • Carefully read all emails, letters, and texts from the Athens State Office of Student Financial Aid.  If we are contacting you, it’s important!  Email is the primary way our office with contact you, but we may also call or text you to help you complete the financial aid process.  
  • Make sure all documents you submit are complete, accurate, and signed as required (tax forms typically require a signature and a date).
  • You will have additional steps if you plan to accept student loans. Complete the Annual Student Loan Acknowledgement, Master Promissory Note, and Entrance Counseling online. You may transfer your Entrance Counseling if you have already completed.

If your financial situation changes after you submit your FAFSA or if the information submitted does not reflect your situation, you may be eligible to appeal. Changes in finances due to a reduction in income, a change in marital status, the death of a parent/spouse, or other special circumstances may greatly impact a family’s ability to pay for college. The Department of Education allows financial aid administrators to use Professional Judgment on a case-by-case basis to make adjustments to the data used in calculating the estimated family contribution (EFC) to reflect these special circumstances.  If your family is experiencing financial issues (such as the loss of a job, reduction of income, or other extenuating circumstances) and would like to learn more about the appeal process, please contact us at finaid@athens.edu.