Financial Aid

Parent financial aid information events

Financial Aid Information Night - September 24, 2019 at 6:30 pm, Grain Valley High School in the auditorium.

FAFSA Frenzy Night
- October 22, 2019 from 5:00 pm to 7:30 pm, Grain Valley High School in the computer lab.

The student and parent must each create a FSA ID and password prior to attending FAFSA Frenzy. Use the following link to begin:

Having the following information and forms on-hand will help you fill out FAFSA:

- Your Social Security Number.
- Your drivers license (if any).
- W-2 Forms from two years prior and other records of any money earned.
- Your (and/or your parents) Federal Income Tax Return from two years prior- IRS FORM 1040, 1040A, 1040EZ, foreign tax return, or tax return from Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa, the U.S. Virgin Islands, the Marshall Islands, the Federated State of Micronesia.
- Any untaxed income records for two years prior - e.g., payments to tax deferred pension and savings plans, tax exempt interest and child support received that tax year.
- Records of taxable earnings from Federal Work-Study or other need-based work programs.
- Records of any grants, scholarships, and fellowship aid that was included in your or parents adjusted gross income
(AGI) for that year.
- Any current bank statements.
- Any current business and investment mortgage information, business and farm records, stock, bonds, and other investment records.
- Documentation that you are a U.S. permanent resident or other eligible non-citizen, if applicable.
- If you have questions about the application, contact the financial aid office at the college you currently attend or wish to attend. They can assist you in finding free help to complete the FAFSA-don't hesitate to call them.

FAFSA Application Schedule

Beginning with the 2017-2018 FAFSA application cycle, the FAFSA will have a launch date of October 1 rather than the traditional launch date of January 1. This earlier date of October 1 will allow the financial aid process to coincide with the college admissions process.

Along with the new launch date, the FAFSA’s tax year information collected from an applicant will come from one tax year earlier, otherwise known as prior-prior year. Applicants will use their tax year 2016 income information for the 2018-2019 award year. These changes will enable students and their families to make more informed choices regarding which college to attend and where funds will be obtained to pay for it. This should also eliminate the need for estimated tax information that later has to be updated.

To learn more about these changes, Federal Student Aid created an Early FAFSA information page on Information for Financial Aid Professional (IFAP) website to keep you informed.
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