All Gettysburg students interested in receiving consideration for need-based financial aid, including Gettysburg College grants or Federal Direct Loans, must complete a new financial aid application each year.
We are aware that the IRS Data Retrieval Tool within the FAFSA is currently unavailable. However, you can continue to access the FAFSA and continuing students should still submit a FAFSA by April 1st. The IRS anticipates that this online tool may be unavailable for several weeks. (3/9/17)
NOTE: The Financial Aid PROFILE is not required for continuing students. Additional information may be required for first-time financial aid applicants; contact the Office of Financial aid for more details.
In September 2015, President Obama announced a change in how and when students complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
Continuing students applying for financial aid for 2017-18 will experience several changes to the FAFSA process:
We recommend that students and families utilize the IRS Data Retrieval Tool in the FAFSA to directly import completed 2015 Federal Tax information.
For special circumstances (i.e. marriage or divorce since 2015, job loss, etc.) please contact your financial aid counselor for additional guidance. Families can also submit the Change in Finances Form (pdf) to provide updated information.
This useful feature in the FAFSA permits you to access submitted Federal Tax Return information, when possible, to populate many questions on the FAFSA.
Your Federal Tax Return should be submitted to the IRS at least three weeks in advance (if filing electronically) or eight weeks in advance (if filing by mail) in order to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool.
Check out helpful step-by-step instructions (PDF) for updating your FAFSA using the Data Retrieval Tool.
The Office of Financial Aid will follow up with students who, after submitting the FAFSA, have been selected for Federal Financial Aid Verification by the Department of Education to collect additional information.
If a FAFSA is selected for Federal Financial Aid Verification, families may need to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool/submit tax return transcript(s), complete the Gettysburg College Verification Worksheet and submit any other information requested by the Office of Financial Aid.
Additional information may be required for first-time financial aid applicants; contact the Office of Financial aid for more details.
Due to Satisfactory Academic Progress verification requirements, we will not prepare financial aid awards until after we are able to review spring grades. Typically awards are available in mid-June. Beginning with the 2016-17 academic year, students will view their financial aid award via Student Center. Paper copies will not be mailed home.
Financial aid awards typically remain consistent from year to year. However, a decrease in the number of siblings in undergraduate study or increases in income or assets may cause a decrease in need-based financial aid eligibility, including Gettysburg College Grant funds.
Fall billing statements, which reflect anticipated financial aid funds, will be distributed by the Student Accounts Office in late June and due by August 1. Contact the Student Accounts office at 717-337-6220 for information about the monthly payment plan through Tuition Management Systems.
The student and parent will need a FSA ID (which has replaced the "PIN") in order to complete the Renewal FAFSA. Create a FSA ID at: https://fsaid.ed.gov/npas/index.htm
Although not recommended, the FAFSA can be completed by mail; a paper version can be obtained by calling the Federal Student Aid Information Center at 1-800-4-FEDAID or by printing a copy from fafsa.ed.gov.