Determination of Federal Need

As a graduate and professional student, regardless of age, you will be considered financially independent of your parents for the Federal Subsidized Stafford, Federal Unsubsidized Stafford, Federal Perkins, Federal Grad PLUS Loans, and most alternative loan programs. *Note: All federal loans are subject to aggregate loan limits.*

The FAFSA and yours and your spouse's (if married) latest federal income tax returns are used to determine the student/spouse contribution. The formula takes into consideration:

Selection for Federal Verification

The Department of Education requires colleges and universities awarding federal aid to verify the information that students submit during the financial aid application process. Students are selected at random by the Department of Education. If you are selected for verification, the Financial Aid Office will send you a verification worksheet to complete and return.

  • Items which may be verified include, but are not limited to:

    1. Adjusted gross income (AGI).

    2. U.S. income tax paid.

    3. Number of family members in the household.

    4. Number of family members attending post-secondary education on at least a half-time basis.

    5. Certain untaxed income and benefits.

If you do not provide the required documentation by the indicated deadline, you may lose eligibility for further federal aid. The verification process is complete when the Financial Aid Office has received documentation and any inconsistencies in the reported data have been corrected.

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