This page contains important information about re-applying for financial aid for the 2014-15 academic year in a timely and accurate manner.
The following forms are required in order to determine your financial aid eligibility for 2014-15. All forms are due April 15, 2014.
- Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). You should apply online at www.fafsa.ed.gov, preferably after you have completed your 2013 federal tax return and use the IRS Data Retrieval process when completing the FAFSA. If you have a PIN, you can electronically sign your FAFSA. If you need a PIN, apply online at www.pin.ed.gov.
- Niagara University Application for Financial Aid. If you are a current student at Niagara, apply online at WebAdvisor.
- Express TAP Application (ETA) - If required, an email notification will be sent to you by the New York State Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC) once you have submitted your FAFSA. You can check the status of your TAP application anytime at www.hesc.ny.gov. Most TAP renewals are completed automatically by NYSHESC.
- IRS 2013 Tax Return Transcript (for students and parents who are tax filers). Only required if tax filer(s) do not use IRS Data Retrieval process when submitting and/or updating FAFSA on the web*. Click here for information on the IRS Tax Return Transcript Request Process.
Under the new federal regulations, Financial Aid Offices can no longer accept signed copies of tax returns. Federal regulations require either submitting the IRS tax transcript or using the IRS Data Retrieval through FAFSA on the web at www.fafsa.ed.gov.
If you need additional information or require assistance in completing the applications, please feel free to contact us.
Financial aid award letter notifications are mailed electronically to your NU email address.
*There are limited circumstances when applicants selected for verification MUST submit an IRS Tax Return Transcript:
- When the applicant (or parent) did not use the IRS Data Retrieval Process—either at initial FAFSA filing or through the FAFSA on the web correction process.
- When information included on the FAFSA using the IRS Data Retrieval Process was subsequently changed.
- When a married independent applicant and spouse filed separate tax returns.
- When the parents of a dependent student filed separate tax returns.
- When an applicant or applicant’s parent had a change in marital status after the end of the tax year on Dec. 31, 2013.
- When the applicant, or parent or spouse, as applicable, filed an amended tax return.