Welcome to the University of Arkansas-Fort Smith Financial Aid Website 

The Financial Aid Office at the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith is here to assist you with applying for and maintaining financial assistance to help cover the costs of your education.  We work with federal, state, institutional, and outside aid resources.

 

The majority of our communication will take place via this website, your My.UAFS account, and your UAFS email account.  Please ensure that you regularly check your email for important information from our office.

 

 

 

 

UAFS School Code: 001110

 

 


Financial Aid Office Hours:

Monday-Thursday: 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Friday: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
 


 

Financial Aid Announcements

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Fill out the 2018-19 FAFSA.

Make college more affordable with financial aid! Complete your FAFSA early. Visit FAFSA.gov to get started.

Why complete the FAFSA early?

  • Complete your FAFSA and satisfy any outstanding requirements by March 1, 2018 and your 2018/2019 financial aid will be packaged with priority!          
  • Receive the maximum amount of federal aid you are eligible for and more state aid and scholarships. Arkansas Challenge and Arkansas Futures Grant require a complete FAFSA.
  • Less stress! Get your FAFSA done now and you won’t have to stress about financial aid deadlines, having funds to buy books, or late fees next year. Plus, getting it off your plate gives you more time to study, play ultimate Frisbee, or root on the Lions at Homecoming.

If you need assistance completing your FAFSA, check out our workshop dates and times below.

You need to gather some information to complete your FAFSA. See what you need here.

Let us know if you need any help!


Spring Dates for Standards of Academic Progress Appeals

The deadline date for appeals to be submitted is the Wednesday prior to the meeting. The Standards of Academic Progress Committee are scheduled to meet on the dates listed below.

 

Appeal Dates for 2018 Spring Term

November 16, 2017

December 12, 2017

January 11, 2018

January 25, 2018

February 8, 2018

February 22, 2018 (This is the last appeal for the Spring Term)

 

    FAFSA Workshops

    UPDATE: The IRS Data Retrieval Tool on the FAFSA is available for the 2018-2019 aid year.

    The Financial Aid Office will be holding FAFSA workshops on the second floor of the Smith-Pendergraft Campus Center, on the dates below from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM.

     

    October 24, 2017

    November 7, 2017

    November 28, 2017

    December 5, 2017

    January 30, 2018

    February 13, 2018

    February 27, 2018

    March 13, 2018

    March 27, 2018

    April 10, 2018

    April 24, 2018

    To take full advantage of any FAFSA Workshop, please make sure to have the following items:

    • Student FSA ID (must be present to use)
    • Parent FSA ID (must be present to use)
    • 2016 tax returns for students and parent(s), if taxes were filed for 2016
    • 2016 W-2s for student and parent(s), if worked in 2016

     

    NOTE: FSA IDs should be created before the FAFSA Workshop for use.  To create an FSA ID, please visit their website.

     
     

    IRS Data Retrieval Tool on FAFSA Currently Unavailable

    According to the IRS, the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (DRT) which allows students and their parents to import tax information directly from the IRS onto their FAFSA has been suspended until further notice.  The IRS states they are working to resolve this issue as quickly as possible; however, the IRS DRT could be unavailable for several weeks. Follow this link for the complete press release.

    Students and their parents will need to manually enter the tax information as it was reported on the tax return.  Ensure that information is reported accurately to avoid any unnecessary delays in your financial aid award.

     

    NOTE: Students and their parents still have the ability to obtain their Tax Return Transcripts.  For further instructions about obtaining the Tax Return Transcript, please view the “Obtaining the Tax Return Transcript or Letter of Non-Filing Status” tab.

    Obtaining the Tax Return Transcript or Letter of Non-Filing Status

    • To request a Tax Return Transcript.
    • To print directly, click the “Get Transcript ONLINE” button.
    • To request a mailed copy, click the “Get Transcript by MAIL” button.
    • Students and parents may also submit the Form 4506-T to the IRS to request additional tax documentation, such as the Tax Return Transcript, Verification of Non-filing, and Wage and Income Statement.

    2015 income and tax information is required for 2017-2018 FAFSA.

     

    NOTE: If a tax return was filed for the requested tax year, a Tax Return Transcript will be available.  If a tax return was not filed for the requested tax year, a Letter of Non-Filing Status will be provided.

    Accepting Your Financial Aid

    Go online to your My.UAFS account.

    • Click Students
    • Click Financial Aid
    • Login to Banner Self-Service
    • Select the correct Financial Aid Year and submit

    What is Verification?

    Verification is a review process that a school must use to confirm that data reported on the FAFSA is accurate for those selected by the U.S. Department of Education.  The school has the authority to request documentation that supports income and other information reported on the FAFSA.  Here is additional information about the Verification process.

     

    Satisfactory Academic Progress

    Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) is made up of 3 components:  GPA, Course Completion Rate, and a Maximum Timeframe.  Students are required to maintain a cumulative UAFS GPA of 2.0 and 67% course completion rate as well as complete their degree with 150% of the credit hours required for degree completion.  Here is our full SAP Policy and SAP Appeal Forms.

     

    Veteran Affairs Educational Benefits

    Veteran Affairs offers a variety of educational benefits to qualifying veterans based on their service history.  For additional resources please visit our Veteran Services webpage.

     

     

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