General Eligibility Requirements:
*Enrolled as a regular student (enrolled to obtain a degree or certificate at CASC as declared by the Registrar’s Office).
*U.S. citizen or an eligible non-citizen.
*Registered with Selective Service, if required.
*Making Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP).
*Have a High School diploma or GED.
*Have financial need according to the Department of Education (FAFSA).
*Not in default on a student loan.
*Have all official academic transcripts from previously attended colleges submitted to the Registrar’s Office.
Step 1: Free Application For Federal Student Aid
Your first step in determining your eligibility is to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The application is available in the following formats:
FAFSA on the Web (Recommended)
This easy, quick and secure method automatically checks for errors. Be sure to have all your information with you when you start the process. (i.e. Your tax returns and parent’s tax returns for students who are required to submit parental information.) To start a FAFSA on the Web go to www.FAFSA.ed.gov.
Renewal FAFSA on the Web
Students who applied for aid last year can use their FSA ID to access the renewal FAFSA. Most of your information is already in the system. All you need to do is update the information! Be sure to have your tax returns and/or parent’s tax returns. To start a Renewal FAFSA on the web go to www.FAFSA.ed.gov.
IRS Data Retrieval Tool
Eligible parents and students are encouraged to use this tool to transfer tax data from the IRS to the FAFSA. It’s the fastest, easiest, and most secure method of meeting verification requirements. Available within two to three weeks of electronically filing a return. Available within six to eight weeks of mailing a paper return. Applicants who use the IRS Data Retrieval tool must not change the data transferred from the IRS.
IRS Data Retrieval Tool may not be available if:
Marital status has changed since filing the return.
If the parents or student is married and filed tax returns either as “head of household” or “married but filing a separate return”.
If an amended tax return was filed.
If the student or parent has been a victim of identity theft.
If the home address on the FAFSA does not match the address on the tax return.
If the parent or student did not indicate on the FAFSA that the tax return has been completed.
If the first three digits of the SSN are 666.
If the student or parent filed a non-U.S. tax return.
If neither married parent entered a valid SSN.
If a non-married parent or both married parents entered all zeros for the SSN.
You can request a paper FAFSA by calling 1-800-4-FED-AID (1-800-433-3243) or 319-337-5665. If you are hearing impaired, contact the TTY line at 1-800-730-8913. You can download a PDF application online at www.FAFSA.ed.gov/options.
Be sure to list our school code (Title IV Code: 003176) to ensure that we will receive your FAFSA information for award processing.
- Educational Opportunity Center FAFSA
The CASC Educational Opportunity Center program serves adults in a seven county area of Eastern Oklahoma and Western Arkansas. The program is funded by the U.S. Department of Education to provide assistance to qualified adults who want to enter or continue in a program of post-secondary education. An important objective of the program is to assist participants in applying for financial aid. CASC Poteau Campus hosts the main office with three satellites offices at Sallisaw, OK, Fort Smith, AR, and Van Buren, AR. Please call (918) 647-1396 for assistance
- Students and Parents:
The FAFSA has eliminated the FAFSA PIN. You must Create a new FSA ID for Financial Aid!
First go to: https://fsaid.ed.gov/npas/index.htm
Then Click here:
Follow the prompts to create your FSA ID. Make sure that you remember your information that you provide for your login and password. If you provide an email, you will asked to check your email to retrieve the Security Code provided to you during this process. Only enter an email address if it is valid and you have easy access to it to verify your email address at the end of the FSA ID process.
*Students who are required to submit parental information, the parent(s) must also have a FSA ID to sign the FAFSA! Only one parent needs to setup a FSA ID and the parent can use their FSA ID to sign each of their student’s FAFSA.
Step 2: Your Student Aid Report
The federal processor analyzes your FAFSA information to determine an Expected Family Contribution (EFC). Based on a federally mandated formula, the EFC is the amount of support that you and your family are expected to provide for your educational expenses.
The results of your FAFSA are reported to you in the form of a Student Aid Report (SAR). Review your SAR carefully. Make corrections to any information that is incorrect. Also, you may be asked to supply additional or supplementary information to the Financial Aid Office.
Our office will review an electronic version of your SAR to see if additional or supplementary information is needed. If additional information is needed, a letter will be emailed to your CASC email requesting the necessary forms.
Once all required documents are submitted and verified our office will determine your award eligibility. Awards are based on an established cost of attendance (COA) and your expected family contribution (EFC). Award letters will be emailed to your CASC email account.
CASC does not automatically award students loans. If you are enrolled at least half-time and wish to receive a student loan, please go to www.carlalbert.edu under Required Documents in the Other Documents category to print and complete the Request for Student Loan and Worksheet for Student Borrowers form, and return it to our office. If our office determines that you are eligible for a student loan, you will receive an award letter with the amount you can borrow. If your loan need is zero and your EFC is greater than zero, you may still qualify for an Unsubsidized Direct Loan.
The awards must be accepted or declined and the letter must be signed and returned to our office within 2 weeks. Enclosed with the award letter, you will find instructions and any other documents needed for specific funds. In general, students receiving any Federal funds cannot receive aid greater than the Cost Of Attendance. You can accept or decline awards online by logging in to the CASC VikeConnect portal.
Summer Financial Aid
Summer financial aid is not automatically awarded. Students planning to attend the summer 2017 semester must have a completed 2016-17 FAFSA and complete the Summer Financial Aid Application. The application will be available and listed under Required Documents, in the Other Documents category when summer enrollment begins each year. Some students may have received their annual maximum amounts during the fall and spring semesters and will not have any federal aid remaining for the summer semester. Enrollment classification for the summer semester is the same as fall and spring. Students requesting a student loan must be enrolled at least half-time (6 hours or more). Students who have received their annual maximum amounts in Pell and/or loans may still be eligible for SEOG and/or Federal Work Study.
Don’t Forget To
*Apply as soon as possible after January 1
*Use completed tax return information
*Sign your application
*Include yourself (the student) as part of the household or in college
*Report correct marital status for students and/or parents.
*DO NOT: Apply as a married student before you are married
*DO NOT: Incorrectly report parents marital status
*DO NOT: Incorrectly report income and assets of student, parents, or spouse
*DO NOT: Report taxes withheld from W-2′s instead of taxes paid from tax return
*DO NOT: Incorrectly report untaxed income