Step 1: The FAFSA
The first step in applying for financial aid at AOMA is the completion of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA is used to determine eligibility for all forms of federal aid, including Direct Unsubsidized Loans and Federal Work Study. AOMA also awards some scholarships on the basis of financial need, so students are encouraged to complete a FAFSA even if they do not intend to request student loans. Veteran's/Active Duty Military benefits have an alternate application process.
For your convenience, we have provided an overview of the FAFSA completion process. The process outlined below typically takes 3 - 5 days to complete. Students receive the results of their FAFSA in the form of a Student Aid Report (SAR) in an email from the Federal Student Aid office of the Department of Education. Please review your SAR very carefully! The SAR is multiple pages long and contains important information about your eligibility for financial aid.
Once you have received your SAR, you are welcome to contact the AOMA Financial Aid Office to discuss your application. The following website might be useful for completing the FAFSA and interpreting the SAR: www.fafsa.ed.gov/help.htm.
To complete the FAFSA:
- Visit www.fafsa.ed.gov and create a profile to complete the FAFSA online.
- For the 2013 - 2014 Award Year, the FAFSA must be completed by June 30, 2014.
- For current Federal Work-Study students, the FAFSA must be completed by June 30, 2013.
Gather the following documents/information:
- Social Security Number (or alien registration or permanent resident card if you are not a U.S. citizen),
Records of money earned during the previous tax year, including:
- Federal Income Tax Return,
- All wages earned (if not required to file a tax return)
- W-2 forms,
- Spouse's tax return and W-2 forms (if applicable),
- Records of untaxed income,
- Current bank statements, and
- Current business and investment mortgage information, business and farm records, stock, bond and other investment records (if applicable).
- Follow the instructions on www.fafsa.ed.gov to complete the FAFSA online.
- Enter AOMA's School Code (031564) to request that AOMA receive the results of your FAFSA.
- Apply for a PIN to electronically sign your FAFSA.
- Receive your PIN immediately, or in 1 - 3 days via email/mail.
- Use your PIN to sign and submit your FAFSA.