*** Important Information***
Spring 2021 Financial Aid Deadline
If you are a Spring only student, the financial aid processing deadline for Spring is December 1, 2020. The UAFS Financial Aid Office request students complete their 2020-2021 FAFSA and all outstanding financial aid requirements by December 1, 2020. Meeting this deadline will ensure that your federal student aid is processed before the Spring Payment Deadline of January 8, 2021.
If you need assistance completing your 2020-2021 FAFSA or any of your outstanding financial aid requirements, please contact the Financial Aid Office at FinAid@uafs.edu or 479-788-7090.
2021-2022 FAFSA Opens October 1, 2020
The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the application students complete in order to qualify for Federal Pell and other grants, work-study, and loans. The FAFSA for the 2021-2022 academic year opens on studentaid.gov on October 1, 2020.
The UAFS Financial Aid Office wants to prepare you to complete your FAFSA early and accurately. Join our weekly webinars in the month of October to learn more about completing your FAFSA and to ask UAFS Financial Aid staff your FAFSA questions. The Rock the FAFSA webinar series is open to any current UAFS students and families and all prospective high school students and families. Rock the FAFSA webinar participants will be entered to win a Numa prize basket.
Don’t worry if you can’t join a live webinar. Webinars will be recorded and posted on the FASFA Completion Assistance section of the UAFS Financial Aid website along with other helpful FAFSA tips and videos.
UAFS students who complete their FAFSA by October 31 will be entered to win one of five $1,000 UAFS scholarships for the 2021-2022 academic year.
September 29, 4 pm
FAFSA Completion Tools
Get tips on creating your FSA ID, using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool, and other helpful FAFSA hints.
Click here to watch the FAFSA Completion Tools video
October 6, 4 pm
Understanding your FAFSA Household
Learn which parent to use on your FAFSA, understand your parent’s marital status and who is in your FAFSA household.
Click here to watch the FAFSA Household Webinar
October 13, 4 pm
Learn how student dependency status is determined, when a dependency override is warranted, and what qualifies for a Special Circumstance Appeal.
October 20, 4 pm
You’ve submitted your FAFSA, now what?
Learn what happens after you submit your FAFSA, including the verification and awarding process.
October 27, 4 pm
Maintaining eligibility for financial aid
Learn what students must do to remain eligible for Federal Student Aid (Pell Grant, Direct Student Loans), institutional aid, and state aid.
FAFSA Completion Assistance
Do you need assistance completing your FAFSA? Please reach out to us at FinAid@uafs.edu, or 479-788-7090. You may also request a virtual appointment for more “hands-on” assistance.
Request an Appointment with Financial Aid:
1) Follow this link to make your appointment. (You can also access this via My.UAFS)
2) Click the “I need help with...” button
3) Select the following responses for the questions/statements:
Question 1: What type of appointment would you like to schedule?
Answer: Paying for College
Statement 2: Please select an option that makes sense to you
Response: Financial Aid Assistance
Statement 3: Choose the following options and click Next
Response: Virtual Meeting
4) Choose the Financial Aid Office and indicate a staff member (if you have a specific member of our staff you’d like to see)
5) From the options provided, choose a time that works for you
6) Confirm the details of your appointment (and enter any relevant notes)
7) That’s it! You’ve scheduled your appointment!
Have FAFSA questions? Check out these quick Department of Education videos about the FAFSA:
FAFSA® Form and FSA ID Tips for Parents (YouTube video will open in a new tab)
FAFSA Overview (YouTube video will open in a new tab)
How to Fill Out the FAFSA (YouTube video will open in a new tab)
FAFSA: Determining Your Dependency Status (YouTube video will open in a new tab)
After the FAFSA: What Happens Next (YouTube video will open in a new tab)
Important UAFS Financial Aid Dates
July 1, 2020: Financial Aid Processing Deadline for Fall 2020
August 7, 2020: Fall 2020 Payment Deadline
August 17, 2020: Fall 2020 Classes Begin
August 31, 2020: Fall 2020 Census Date
October 1, 2020: FAFSA opens for n2021-2022 academic year (StudentAid.gov)
November 15, 2020: Priority Application Deadline for Merit and Prestigious Scholarships for 2021-2022 Academic Year (Incoming Freshman)
December 1, 2020: Processing Deadline for Spring 2021.
January 11, 2021: Spring Classes Begin
January 25, 2021: Spring Census Date
March 1, 2021: Priority Processing Deadline for Fall 2021
June 1, 2021: Priority Application Deadline for Transfer Achievement and Phi Theta Kappa Transfer Scholarships for 2021-2022 Academic Year
July 1, 2021: Financial Aid Processing Deadline for Fall 2021
After filing the FAFSA, some families, due to extenuating circumstances, realize that their current financial situation may not adequately be reflected in the tax income information used on the FAFSA. The federal government allows schools to review a family's unique circumstances, beyond the student's/family's control, to determine if the situation warrants special consideration.
For more information on Professional Judgment's please visit our Professionsl Judgement page for more information. Please know that COVID-19 is a mitigating circumstance that can be considered for Professional Judgment.
Outside/Third Party Scholarships
Please click on the following link for important information on how we process outside scholarships from 3rd party donors.
Financial Aid Verification Process
The University of Arkansas - Fort Smith (UAFS) partners with ProVerify to process verification.
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 (PDF will open in new tab) to the IRS to request additional tax documentation, such as the Tax Return Transcript, Verification of Non-filing, and Wage and Income Statement.
The 2020-2021 FAFSA requires tax information from 2018.
The 2021-2022 FAFSA requires tax information from 2019.
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
- 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.