First Time Applicants
We encourage all students and prospective students to file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Before beginning the FAFSA, look at the FAFSA on the Web worksheet. It will help you collect information needed from you and your parents in order to fill out the FAFSA. The FAFSA website address is http://www.fafsa.gov. Be sure to finish all steps and get confirmation of your submission before leaving the site.
The 2016-2017 FAFSA should be completed after Jan. 1, 2016, but prior to Westmont’s priority date, March 2, 2016.
The Federal School Code for Westmont College is: 001341
If you applied for financial aid for the 2015-2016 academic year by submitting a Free Application for Federal student Aid (FAFSA), the following information is to assist you with the renewal process for the 2016-2017 academic year.
Renewal Reminder e-mails will be sent by the federal processor if there is a valid e-mail address from the 2015-2016 FAFSA application. If there is no valid e-mail address but there is a valid mailing address a Renewal Reminder letter will be sent via postal mail. The renewal e-mail or letter will provide instructions about the renewal application process.
Your renewal FAFSA will be pre-populated with some of the information from your 2015-2016 FAFSA. You will need to provide updated annual financial information as well as any other changes. You may complete your renewal FAFSA on the Web at http://www.fafsa.gov.
For the 2016-2017 year, we will be verifying the application information of any student who completes the Free Application for Federal Student (FAFSA). The process of verification involves the submission of items that we will compare with the information that you provide on the FAFSA. Specifically, we will ask you to provide the following:
- A completed Verification Worksheet (available here),
- “Tax Return Transcripts” for the tax returns filed for the 2015 tax year (the tax return that is commonly filed by April 18, 2016) for both the parents and student (if filed),
- W-2 forms for all income earned by both the student and parents, whether or not a tax return was filed.
According to the regulations governing Federal Student Aid, we are no longer able to accept a photocopy of the filed tax return. Tax return transcripts can be requested online at the IRS website and are generally received within 5-10 business days after the request is made. Keep in mind that your tax return must have been processed by the IRS before a transcript would be available. Be sure to request a “Tax Return Transcript” for the 2015 tax year.
Your Federal PIN
A PIN is your Personal Identification Number. It can be used to sign your FAFSA on the web, as well as FAFSA corrections, renewals and to check on student loan data. Parents should also apply for a PIN in order to sign their student’s FAFSA, renewal or correction forms electronically on the web.
To apply for a PIN, go to www.pin.ed.gov. Basic information is needed: name, social security number, date of birth, and mailing address. After the federal processor confirms a match with the the Social Security Administration, a PIN will be mailed to the applicant.
If you have lost or misplaced your PIN, you can request a duplicate PIN by logging into the FAFSA Web site.
Cal Grant – First-time Awards
California residents who are not current Cal Grant recipients must complete the FAFSA by March 2 in order to be considered for Cal Grant funds. This grant program will provide up to $10,557 to eligible students for the 2016-2017 academic year.
In addition to the FAFSA, you must also file a separate GPA Verification Form to apply for a Cal Grant. The GPA Verification Forms are available online. Please take the GPA form to the Student Records Office for processing. Please note that GPAs were provided electronically for students who had completed 24 or more units at Westmont after Fall 2015.
Cal Grant – Renewal Awards
Students who have a Cal Grant award for the 2015-2016 academic year must complete the FAFSA to continue to receive Cal Grant funds.
Off Campus Programs
If you are planning to participate in an off-campus program for the fall of 2016, your FAFSA (and all other required documents) must be received by the Office of Financial Aid by June 1, 2016 to ensure that you have all of your financial aid in place prior to leaving for your program.
A change in family size, number of siblings attending college, income or assets may affect your need level from year to year. Therefore, your Financial Aid Award offer may not be the same each year.