How to Apply
Obtain a PIN
- All students, and parents of dependent students, should apply for a U.S. Department of Education Personal Identification Number (PIN) online. PINs can be used to sign your FAFSA electronically, making the application process simpler and faster.
Complete the FAFSA
- The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) may be filed beginning January 1 of each year. There is no charge for submitting the FAFSA.
- We encourage you to submit your FAFSA by Notre Dame's priority deadline of February 15 to be considered for certain limited funds.
- List Notre Dame of Maryland University on your FAFSA. Notre Dame's school code is 002065.
- Submit your FAFSA. Print out and keep a copy of your submitted information for your records.
FAFSA Follow Up
- You will receive an email from the U.S. Department of Education with a link to the Student Aid Report (SAR) that shows the results of the FAFSA. Check the SAR for accuracy and make any necessary corrections.
- You will receive an email from Notre Dame of Maryland University informing you when we have received your FAFSA results.
- If your FAFSA is selected for a process called verification, you will be notified via email to submit required documents. Do not submit documentation unless it is requested.
- About three weeks after submitting taxes to the IRS electronically (8 weeks for paper filing), use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool to import the financial information from the tax returns into your FAFSA to avoid processing delays. If you are ineligible to use the IRS Data Retrieval tool, enter the updated information from your tax returns manually. See directions below on how to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool.
How to Use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool
Note to dependent students: this process must be completed for both the parent and the student.
- Go to www.fafsa.gov
- Click Login
- Enter student's first name, last name, SSN, and date of birth
- Click Next
- The next page will say My FAFSA and Welcome! At the bottom of this page, choose Make FAFSA Corrections.
- On the next page enter your PIN number and create a password. Then click NEXT.
- The next page will say Introduction Page - 2013-2014 Corrections. At the top of this page, click on the option for Financial Information.
- On the Financial Information page, you must answer the question "For 2012, have you completed your IRS Income tax return or another tax return?" Choose the option Already Completed from the drop down box.
- You must answer NO to the following questions in order for the IRS tool to work. Note: the first two question are only asked if your marital status is married:
Did you or your spouse file as Married Filing Separately? > No
Did you or your spouse file as Head of Household? > No
Did you file and amended tax return? > No
Did you file a Puerto Rican or foreign tax return? > No
Did you file your taxes electronically in the last 3 weeks (or by mail in the last 8 weeks)? > No
- If all questions are answered NO, you should see this message: Based on your response we recommend that you transfer your information from the IRS into your FAFSA.
- Click on the LINK TO IRS Option.
- You will then see Leaving FAFSA on the Web message, click OK.
- You will see a message from the U.S. government about authorized use, click OK .
- At the IRS page Get My Federal Income Tax Information, you must select your 2012 Filing Status from the drop down box and you must enter your address exactly as it appears on your tax return. Then click Submit.
- Your IRS data will appear along with corresponding FAFSA questions.
- Check the box for Transfer My Tax Information into the FAFSA and click on the Transfer Now option.
- The page will be redirected to your FAFSA application and you will need to click NEXT at the bottom of the next several pages.
- You should receive this message: You have successfully transferred your 2012 IRS tax information.
- And then this message: You corrected your FAFSA. Review the information on this page and click Next to sign and submit your corrections.
- Enter your PIN number (required for both student and parent, if dependent), choose Agree option, and click SUBMIT MY FAFSA NOW.
- View your Confirmation Page and look for an email confirmation as well.
- After your financial aid file is complete, you will receive an award notice if you meet all of the eligibility requirements. Award notices will be emailed to new students and posted on WebAdvisor for returning students. You must then read and follow the instructions in the How it Works section of our website.
- Award letters for new students with complete financial aid files who plan to enroll for the fall semester will be sent beginning in early February. Award letters for returning students with complete files and who meet satisfactory academic progress standards will be posted on WebAdvisor to view. An email will be sent to returning students when their aid is ready to be viewed on WebAdvisor beginning in late February.
- Your financial aid award notice will be based on certain enrollment and housing assumptions. If these assumptions are incorrect, it is the student's responsibility to notify our office so that the award can be revised in a timely manner. Similarly, if a student receives notification of another source of funding not reflected in the financial aid award, documentation of the expected award must be sent to the office of financial aid as soon as it is received.