Important Financial Aid News
The 2014-2015 FAFSA will be available in January at www.fafsa.ed.gov. The priority deadline will be March 1, 2014.
IMPORTANT: Updates have been made to the FAFSA (Free
Application for Federal Student Aid) to include an IRS Data Retrieval Process
that will allow students and parents (once they have filed their tax returns) to
populate their tax return information on the FAFSA. Complete and file your 2013 Federal Tax Return with the IRS for both students and parents as soon as
possible and approximately 3 weeks after you file your tax return with the IRS
you can go to the FAFSA and use the IRS Data Retrieval Process by clicking 'LINK
TO IRS'. Note: Married students who file separate returns or Parents of a
Dependent student who file separate returns may not use the 'LINK TO IRS'
FAFSA VERIFICATION: The Department of
Education has also updated regulations for students who are selected for
Verification. The Financial Aid Office can no longer accept copies of Federal
Tax Returns. Students whose FAFSA has been selected for Verification MUST use
the IRS Data Retrieval Process on the FAFSA or request a copy of their Federal
Tax Return Transcript by calling the IRS at 1-800-908-9946.
How to request a Federal Tax Return Transcript:
1) Online Request: Access www.irs.gov - in the online services section
click 'Order a Tax Return Transcript'. Enter the tax filers data (ssn, dob,
address, etc.) and continue. In the Type of Transcript field select 'Return
Transcript' (not account transcript) for the Tax Year 2012. Once this request is
validated the IRS will mail you the transcript and you will need to forward it
to the Financial Aid Office.
2) Telephone Request:
Call 1-800-908-9946 and enter tax filers data (ssn, dob, address, etc.) then
select Option 2 to request an IRS Tax Return Transcript for 2012. Once this
request is validated the IRS will mail you the tax return transcript and you
will need to forward it to the Financial Aid Office.
Paper Request Form - IRS Form 4506T-EZ: Download the request form at http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf./f4506tez.pdf
and complete lines 1-6 for 2012. Be sure to sign the form and enter your
telephone number. Mail or fax it to the appropriate address or number on the
form. Once this request is validated the IRS will mail you the tax return
REMEMBER: Your Upstate Email Account is
our main form of communication with you, allowing you quicker access to
important information concerning Financial Aid. Please make sure to check
your Upstate E-mail Account frequently in order to comply with new Federal
Regulations concerning Financial Aid.
Call the Financial Aid Office if you have any questions at 864-503-5340 or
e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Federal Work-Study Award
If you have been awarded Federal Work-Study
(FWS) for the Fall 2012 semester and you have not found a job by September 30,
2012, your FWS award will be cancelled. If you are having difficulty finding a
job, contact the Office of Financial Aid or the Human Resources Office for job
placement assistance. If you wish to cancel your FWS award, please do so
immediately by following the instructions on your award letter for declining
your award or by sending a written request to our office.
LIFE Scholarship, Palmetto Fellows Scholarship and Hope Scholarship
On June 29, 2007, the South Carolina General Assembly passed
legislation that enhances the value of LIFE and Palmetto Fellows awards for
students majoring in math and science disciplines.The maximum award for the Hope
Scholarship also has been increased. These changes are effective beginning in
the fall of 2007.