It’s time to file the 2014-2015 FAFSA

January 30, 2014

Hello MIAD Parents,

It is hard to believe that it is tax filing time, and time to file the 2014-2015 FAFSA. Kristina and I will be available to assist you through the 2014-2015 financial aid process again this year.

During the first week of the spring semester, I will be sending an email to all our current students reminding them that it is once again time to file their FAFSA for the 2014-2015 academic year. The 2014-2015 FAFSA application is very similar to the FAFSA 2013-2014 application. Let’s review:

  • 1. You will be filing a 2014-2015 FAFSA for financial aid for the 214-2015 academic year using your 2013 IRS tax return information. You can file a “Will File” FAFSA if you have not yet completed your 2013 Federal Tax return in order to meet all application deadlines. However, once you have completed your tax return, we recommend that you use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool to update your FAFSA application with an “Already Completed” status and your filed tax return information.
  • 2. The Department of Education continues to work with the IRS to allow FAFSA filers to import their tax information submitted to the IRS using the “IRS Data Retrieval Tool” on the FAFSA. MIAD strongly encourages all FAFSA applicants to use this tool. This tool is available to you two weeks after you have electronically submitted your tax return or six to eight weeks after you mailed in your paper tax return.
  • 3. The Department of Education randomly selects one out of every three applicants for “Verification.” If your son or daughter is selected for verification, they will be sent a letter from the MIAD Financial Aid Office asking for the specific documentation required to complete your verification. Using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool on the FAFSA to import your 2013 Federal Tax information will simplify the verification process for you.
  • 4. Last but not least – Parents who rely on the Parent PLUS loan to cover the outstanding balance owning MIAD or Room and Board expenses must apply for the loan each year. The Department of Education requires the application for a credit check each year. The application for a Parent PLUS loan is found online at after May 1, 2014.

We look forward to working with you this year. Do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.

Carol Masse
Executive Director of Financial Aid

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Kristina Alvarez
Assistant Director of Financial Aid

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