Frequently Asked Questions
How do I apply for Financial Aid?
The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the only application that needs to be completed to apply for financial aid during the fall and spring semesters.
The FAFSA can be completed online at www.fafsa.ed.gov or a paper FAFSA can be completed and is available in the Success Centers.
We recommend that you complete the FAFSA online.
By completing the FAFSA, a student is applying for federal and state aid, including grants and work-study.
The FAFSA asks for tax information. What should I do if I haven’t filed my tax return yet?
You may fill out your FAFSA using estimated tax information.
You’ll have the opportunity to correct this information when you receive the processed Student Aid Report (SAR).
It’s better to use estimated tax information than risk missing the financial aid deadline.
My parents aren't helping me pay for college. Am I considered independent?
Even if your parents don't contribute money toward your education, you are considered a dependent of your parents unless you:
- Will the student be 24 years of age by December 31 of the year completing the form?
- Is the student married?
- Is the student a graduate student (working on a master’s or doctorate program)?
- Is the student a veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces?
- Is the student currently serving on active duty?
- Does the student have children that they give more than half of their support to?
- Does the student have dependents (other than their children) that they give more than half of their support to and will continue to do so through June 30 of the award year?
- At any time since the student turned 13, were both of the student's parents deceased, was the student in foster care or was the student a ward/dependent of the court?
- As determined by a court in the student’s state of legal residence, is/was the student an emancipated minor?
- As determined by a court in the student’s state of legal residence, is/was the student in legal guardianship?
- At any time in or after July of last year, did the student’s high school or school district homeless liaison determine that the student was an unaccompanied youth who was homeless?
- At any time in or after July of last year, did the director of an emergency shelter or transitional housing program funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development determine that the student was an unaccompanied youth who was homeless?
- At any time in or after July of last year, did the director of a runaway or homeless youth basic center or transitional living program determine that the student was an unaccompanied youth who was homeless or were self-supporting and at risk of being homeless?
If my parents are divorced or separated, whose financial data should be used when I'm completing the FAFSA?
If your natural parents are separated or divorced, use the natural parent with whom you lived the most in the past 12 months.
If you lived with neither parent, or lived with each parent an equal number of days, use the parent that provided the most financial support to you over the past 12 months.
If that parent has remarried as of the date you complete your FAFSA, you must also include the stepparent's financial information on the application, and parent and stepparent should report themselves as married on the FAFSA.
What is an EFC?
The Expected Family Contribution (EFC) is a measure of your family’s financial strength and is calculated according to a formula established by law.
Your family’s income (taxed and untaxed), assets, and benefits (such as unemployment or Social Security) are all considered in the formula.
Also considered are your family size and the number of family members who will attend college or career school during the year.
The information you reported on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is used to calculate your EFC.
Reynolds uses the EFC to determine your federal student aid eligibility and financial aid award.
Do I have to apply for financial aid each year?
Yes. The FAFSA needs to be completed each academic year.
The academic year includes the fall, spring, and summer semesters.
Do I have to complete a separate application for the summer?
Yes. In addition to completing the FAFSA, a summer application must also be completed.
The summer application should be available in early March each year. It will be posted on the financial aid website and available in Student Success Centers.
How do I apply for student loans?
In order to apply for loans, a Federal Stafford Loan Request form must be completed.
The student must have also completed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
What is the deadline for applying for financial aid?
The Federal Government’s deadline for completing the FAFSA is June 30 of each academic year. However, Reynolds has priority deadlines to ensure the Office of Financial Aid has enough time to process the application before classes begin each semester.
The priority deadlines for receipt of the FAFSA by the federal processor are as follows:
o Fall – April 15
o Spring – September 15
o Summer – March 15
Students should contact the Student Success Center located on each campus for any financial aid questions. You can contact the Student Success Center.