Free Application for Federal
Student Aid (FAFSA) Questions
What school code do I use as we become Georgia Regents University?
Students should use BOTH ASU's and Georgia Health Science University's school codes. ASU's code is 001552. GHSU's is 001579.
How do I complete the FAFSA?
ASU strongly encourages
students to complete the FAFSA application online at www.fafsa.ed.gov.
If you are applying for the first time, you will be required to use
a PIN number if you wish to sign your FAFSA electronically. In order
to obtain a PIN number, you should apply online at www.pin.ed.gov.
Your PIN will be emailed to you. Once received, you can complete and
sign your FAFSA online. There is a FAFSA Worksheet available online
and in paper form that may assist you in filling out your FAFSA Application.
Am I required to use my parents’ information on the
First, you need to determine if the Department of Education views
you as a Dependent or Independent student. Whether you are a Dependent
student or an Independent student will determine if you need to use
your parent(s) income tax and household size information to complete
the FAFSA. If you can answer “yes” to any of the seven
questions below, you are considered an Independent student and should
not use your parent’s information when completing the FAFSA.
If you answer “no” to all of the questions, you are required
to use your parent’s information.
• Were you born before January 1, 1987?
• At the beginning of the 2010-2011 school year, will you be
working on a master’s or doctorate program?
• As of today, are you married? (Answer yes if you are separated,
but not divorced.)
• Do you have children who receive more than half of their support
• Do you have dependents (other than your children or spouse)
that receive more than half of their support from you now through
June 30, 2011?
• Are both of your parents deceased, or are you (or were you
until the age 18) a ward/dependent of the court?
• Are you a veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces?
If my parents are divorced or separated, whose financial
data should I use when completing the FAFSA?
If your parents are divorced, use the parent with whom you lived for
the greater amount of time in the last 12 months preceding the date
you file your FAFSA. If you lived with neither parent, or lived with
each parent an equal amount of time, use the parent that provided
the most financial support to you over the past 12 months. If you
didn’t receive any parental financial support during that time,
you must report information about the parent who most recently provided
the greater amount of parental support. If the parent whose information
you use has remarried, you must also include the stepparent’s
financial information on the application.
I would be considered a dependent student; however, I have
unusual circumstances that make it unreasonable to think that my parents
would contribute to my educational expenses. What should I do?
First, please be aware that the following reasons DO NOT qualify as
• Parents refuse to contribute to your education.
• Parents are unwilling to provide information on the FAFSA
or for verification;
• Parents do not claim you on as a dependent for income tax
• You demonstrate self sufficiency.
If you can document your other unusual circumstances, you may be
eligible for a dependency override. These unusual circumstances include
child abuse, sexual abuse or parental abandonment. Eligibility for
a dependency override is determined by the Director of Financial Aid.
Students must submit a Special Circumstances form and all supporting
documentation in order to apply.
Do I have to reapply for financial aid every year?
Yes. You are required to apply for financial aid every year. If your
financial circumstances change, you may receive more or less aid.
After your first year, you renew your FAFSA on the web. The “renewal”
contains preprinted information from the previous year's FAFSA. You
will only need to update income information and review the entire
renewal form then make any other necessary changes. Note that your
eligibility for financial aid may change significantly, especially
if you have a different number of family members in college.