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

 

 


Starting Monday, May 22, 2017 to Friday, July 28, 2017 summer hours will be as follows:

Monday 8am-5pm

Tuesday 8am-6pm

Wednesday 8am-5pm

Thursday 8am-5pm

Friday 9am-5pm

 

Normal Business hours will resume Monday, July 31, 2017
 


 

Financial Aid Announcements

Summer and Fall 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 2017 Summer Term

June 1, 2017

June 15, 2017

June 22, 2017 (This is the last appeal for the Summer Term)

 

Appeal Dates for 2017 Fall Term

June 14, 2017

July 12, 2017

July 26, 2017

August 9, 2017

August 22, 2017

August 30, 2017

September 13, 2017

September 20, 2017 (This is the last appeal for the Fall Term)

 

    FASFA Workshops

    UPDATE: The IRS Data Retrieval Tool on the FAFSA is currently unavailable.  At this time, there is no estimated timeframe for the IRS Data Retrieval to become available again.  Be sure to bring your 2015 tax returns and W-2 information with you to the FAFSA Workshops.

     

    The Financial Aid Office will be holding FAFSA workshops on the second floor of the Smith-Pendergraft Campus Center, every Tuesday throughout March and April, from 3:00 PM to 5:30 PM.

    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)
    • 2015 tax returns for students and parent(s), if taxes were filed for 2015
    • 2015 W-2s for student and parent(s), if worked in 2015

     

    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 both the 2016-2017 and 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.