How to Apply
There are two steps involved in starting your financial aid application:
- Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
- Submit the Simmons Student Information Form
The 2013-2014 academic year includes:
- Summer 2013
- Fall 2013
- Spring 2014
If you are applying for the 2012-2013 academic year (Summer 2012, Fall 2012, and Spring 2013), you can download the 2012-2013 Student Information Form on the Forms and Publications section of our website.
New Student Eligibility Considerations
To be eligible for financial aid:
- You must have been accepted to a degree-seeking program;
- You are enrolled at least half-time per semester as defined by the Office of the Registrar;
- You must not be in default on a Federal Stafford or Perkins Loan or need to pay a federal grant
- You are a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen.
New applicants should complete their financial aid application concurrently with their admission application.
Step 1: Complete Your FAFSA
It's all about FAFSA: the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. In order to be considered for financial aid, you must complete and submit your FAFSA. The information you report on the FAFSA is used to calculate your Expected Family Contribution (EFC), which is a measure of your or your family's financial position. The EFC is used to determine your eligibility for federal student aid.
Priority consideration is given to those students who file by March 1. If you miss this priority deadline, do not worry. You can still submit a FAFSA after March 1 and you will be considered for financial aid.
What Information Do I Need to Complete the FAFSA Accurately?
You'll need the following (yours, your parents, or anyone whose tax returns will need to be considered for you to receive aid):
- Social Security number
- W-2 forms and other records of earnings
- Federal Income Tax Return (and that of your spouse, if you are married)
- Any foreign tax return or tax return from Puerto Rico
- Untaxed income records — Social Security, Temporary Assistance to Needy Families, welfare, or veteran's benefits records, etc.
- Bank statements
- Business and investment mortgage information; Business and farm records; and Stock, bond, and other investment records
- Alien registration card, if you are not a U.S. citizen
- The Simmons College code: 00220800
Submitting Your FAFSA
You can complete your FAFSA by going to www.fafsa.ed.gov. We highly recommend submitting your FAFSA online to expedite processing of your application.
Alternatively, you can download a paper FAFSA from the FAFSA website. The paper FAFSA would be mailed to Federal Student Information Center (click here for address), not to Simmons College.
The FAFSA should be completed as soon as possible, even if you are still waiting to receive an acceptance decision from Simmons College. You are allowed to use estimated income information if you have not yet submitted tax returns for 2012. If you estimate income information on the FAFSA, you will update the FAFSA later in the year with actual figures once the tax return has been filed.
FAFSAs must be signed electronically using a U.S. Department of Education Personal Identification Number (PIN). If you do not already have a PIN, you can apply for one now at www.pin.ed.gov. Be sure to maintain a copy of this PIN for your records. You will need to use it to make changes to your FAFSA, or to file again in future years.
IRS Data Retrieval Tool
The IRS Data Retrieval Tool (DRT) is available for online FAFSA submission and is accessible through the FAFSA website at www.fafsa.ed.gov. The DRT allows FAFSA applicants and parents the ability to transfer their income information from the IRS to the FAFSA.
All applicants and parents of dependent applicants who indicate they have filed or will file a 2012 tax return will be directed to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool to report and/or update their income information on the FAFSA.
We have provided instructions below, but you may also want to refer to the video posted by the federal government on YouTube:
Instructions on how to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool:
STEP 1 - Choose "Start Here" and log into your FAFSA application and select "Make a Correction."
STEP 2 - Under the "Financial Information" tab, you will be asked a series of questions to determine whether or not you are eligible to use this tool.
STEP 3 - If you are eligible to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool, you will be prompted to enter your PIN and then select "Link to IRS." A box will appear stating taht you are leaving the FAFSA on the Web. Click OK.
STEP 4 - Once you are connected to the IRS.gov site, review your information for accuracy, select the "Transfer My Tax Information into the FAFSA" at the bottom, and select "Transfer Now."
STEP 5 - You will then be redirected back to the FAFSA. E-sign your FAFSA to submit the updated FAFSA information for processing.
IRS Tax Return Transcript Request Process
- Available on the IRS Web site at www.irs.gov.
- In the TOOLS section of the homepage click "Order a Tax Return or Account Transcript."
- Click on " Order a Transcript."
- Enter the tax filer's Social Security Number, date of birth, street address and zip or postal code. Use the address currently on file with the IRS. Generally, if an address change has been completed through the US Postal Service, the IRS may have been updated address on file.
- Click "Continue."
- In the Type of Transcript field, select "Return Transcript" and in the Tax Year field, select 2012.
- If successfully validated, tax filers can expect to receive a paper IRS Tax Return Transcript at the address included in their online request, within 5 to 10 business days from the time the on-line request was successfully transmitted to the IRS.
- IRS Tax Return Transcripts requested online cannot be sent directly to a third party by the IRS.
The Federal Student Aid Information Center
You can get information from the Center for free by calling: 1-800-4-FED-AID (1-800-433-3243). You can also write to the Federal Student Aid Information Center at the following address:
Federal Student Aid Information Center
P.O. Box 84
Washington, DC 20044-0084
Note: You must re-apply for federal student aid every year. Also, if you change schools, your aid does not automatically transfer with you.
Some students may be chosen by the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) for verification of the information they submitted on the FAFSA. If you are chosen for verification, you will be asked to submit some or all of the following information by May 1, 2013:
- Household information
- Other income and asset information
Step 2: Submit the Simmons Student Information Form
The Simmons Student Information Form is available for download as a PDF file. Complete the form, sign it and submit it to:
Student Financial Services
300 The Fenway
Boston, MA 02115
If you have any questions, feel free to contact us at email@example.com or 617-521-2001.