Applying for financial aid is not as complicated as you may think! The important thing to remember is to take it one step at a time. The process consists of completing the appropriate applications and submitting requested documentation to Financial Aid Services. To be considered for financial aid at Daytona State College, a student must do the following:
- Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Indicate that you are
planning to attend Daytona State College on the FAFSA. Daytona State College's Title
IV School Code is 001475. This application is required to determine eligibility for
all sources of federal financial aid. You can complete the FAFSA on the web at http://www.fafsa.gov (or use the link below). FAFSA on the Web worksheets are available in the Financial
Aid Services Office on the Daytona Beach Campus and on the regional campuses. The
FAFSA on the Web worksheet allows you to review and complete the questions before
entering your information online. The questions are listed in the same order as they
appear on the web. The FAFSA should be completed at least five weeks prior to the
beginning of the semester.
Each academic year (fall, spring, and summer), the FAFSA application must be received by the federal processing agency no later than June 30. A completed FAFSA is good for the entire academic year which begins in fall and ends in summer. At the latest, make sure you complete the FAFSA prior to your last day of enrollment for the semester you desire to begin receiving financial aid, and submit all required financial aid paperwork prior to the end of that semester. Otherwise, you may not be eligible for financial aid.
- If you have already filed your tax return when you are completing the FAFSA on the
web, use the IRS Data Retrieval Process to transfer your IRS tax return information
into your FAFSA. If your tax return was not filed at the time you completed your
FAFSA, you can later update your FAFSA to transfer your IRS tax return information
into your FAFSA.
- If you did not use the IRS Data Retrieval Process to transfer your IRS tax return information into your FAFSA, and you are selected for verification, you may be required to submit your IRS Tax Return Transcript to Financial Aid Services as well as a completed verification worksheet, and any other requested documents. Dependent students must also submit their parents' IRS Tax Return Transcript. Verification is the required federal process of checking the accuracy of the information supplied on the FAFSA. Selection is based on guidelines set up by the Department of Education. If selected for verification or you have any outstanding documents, Financial Aid Services will notify you through an email to your DSC email address. You can view the status of outstanding paperwork on your To-Do List through the MyDaytonaState portal.
- All required financial aid paperwork must be submitted as soon as possible, usually within two weeks (at the latest, prior to the end of the semester for which the student would like to receive financial aid, and while the student is still enrolled). If required paperwork is submitted after the end of the semester (or after the student is no longer enrolled), the student will not be eligible for financial aid for that semester.
- Once the fall semester has started, financial aid files will only be reviewed and financial aid awards made for students who are registered for one of the college's semesters.