Financial Aid FAQ

Do income tax returns need to be completed before filling out the FAFSA?

It is a good idea to have completed the federal tax return before filling out the FAFSA, since exact tax information can make processing faster and simpler. If this cannot be done in time for you to meet the priority deadline, use estimated figures when completing the application. If the estimated figures differ from the actual figures, send or bring the completed tax return to the Financial Aid Office.

I support myself - do my parents still have to fill out the FAFSA?

Yes, if students answer no to all seven questions of step three of the FAFSA application, by federal law they are required to include their parent information. If your parents do not provide their information on your application, you cannot be considered for aid.

If you have special circumstances and can provide documentation that something occurred that severed the relationship with your parent(s), and you can provide documentation that you have no contact with your parent(s), contact the Financial Aid Office.

What if my family situation or income changes?

Give the new information to the Financial Aid Office. They will provide you with the information needed to document your change and will make you an appointment with a financial aid advisor who will determine if the change affects your eligibility. Do not send correspondence with your FAFSA application, as it will only delay processing and will be destroyed. Information explaining your family's special circumstances should be made to the Financial Aid Office.

I have been awarded financial aid from North, and had an emergency that prevents me from completing one or more of my classes. Will that affect my eligibility for future financial aid?

If a student completes 0 credits, they may owe a repayment of financial aid funds, regardless of circumstances (see Withdrawal/Refunds). Students are also required to maintain satisfactory academic progress to continue to remain eligible for funds (see Satisfactory Academic Progress). Contact the Financial Aid Office before you withdraw from courses. If you have any questions about how it may affect your continued eligibility, please call (206) 934-3688.