1. Gather Info
Before you begin, gather the following information for student, spouse (if independent) or parents (if dependent):
- Social Security numbers
- Federal tax return information for all tax filers
- W-2 forms for any non-tax filers
- Recent checking and savings account balances
IRS Data Retrieval
- Submit your tax forms to the IRS electronically in early February, 2013, if at all possible.
Filing Format Estimated Availability of Tax Info Electronic 10-14 days after filing 4-6 weeks after mailing
- If you completed your FAFSA before your tax information is available through the IRS Data Retrieval system, you may return to your FAFSA to update the tax information using the IRS Data Retrieval.
- If you used the IRS Data Retrieval option and did not make any changes to the tax information provided, you will not need to submit an IRS tax transcript if selected for verification.
- The IRS Data Retrieval option is not available in the following cases:
- Your marital status has changed since December 31, 2012
- You filed “married filing separately.”
- You filed an amended tax return.
- You filed a foreign tax return.
- You filed within the last 10-14 days.
2. FAFSA Website
Go to www.fafsa.gov, the U. S. Department of Education website. There is no charge for submitting the application.
3. Request a PIN
You will be prompted to request a PIN for you and one parent (if dependent) by going to www.pin.ed.gov. Your PIN will become your electronic signature(s) on the FAFSA. Save your PIN(s) in a secure location. The same PIN(s) will also be used to sign all future FAFSA’s, to request student loan documents, and to request loan information.
4. School Code
When asked to enter a school code, enter BJU’s school code — 003421. This number ensures that BJU will receive an electronic copy of your FAFSA results which are necessary to process your financial aid.
5. Sign Application
When you have completed the application, you and your parent (if dependent) need to sign it electronically by entering your PIN(s) and then submit it.
If you have any questions concerning financial aid, email the Financial Aid Office.